Photo sharing websites have been around since the 90s, but it took a small startup site called Flickr (now owned by Yahoo) to catapult the idea of “sharing” into a full blown online community. Flickr uses "tags" or what we would call keywords to help identify and search for photos.
For this discovery exercise, you are asked to take a good look at Flickr and discover what this site has to offer.
Read 7 Things You Should Know About Flickr.
As you know, not all images on the Internet are copyright-friendly. That is also true with Flickr photos.
However, Flickr has arranged separate collections based on the copyright-friendly Creative Commons rules. The photos found on Flickr can be downloaded and used by visitors to the site.
1. Take a good look around Flickr and discover waht the site has to offer. Find out how tags work, what groups are, and all the neat things that people and other libraries are creating thanks to Flickr.
2. Visit the Flickr Creative Commons site and explore what kinds of photos you could use for you library or classroom assignments. Do a search using a keyword or two from your subject or curriculum. Save a photo to your hard drive (Desktop or My Pictures). Add that photo to your Thing #5 posting and post about the experience.
NOTE: Do not use the Search box found on the top right side--it takes you to the general collection where not all photos are part of the Creative Commons collection. Here is some help in downloading photos from the site (from the Spring Branch ISD wiki).
Optional Exercise: If you are up to an easy challenge ... create a Free account in Flickr and use your digital camera to capture a few pictures of something in your school library. Upload these to your Flickr account and tag at least one of the images “esc1library” and mark it public. Then create a post in your blog about your photo and experience. Be sure to include the image in your post. Once you have a Flickr account, you have two options for doing this; through Flickr's blogging tool or using Blogger's photo upload feature. Click here to view an esc1library post using Flickr's blogging tool. So go ahead, explore the site and have some Flickr photo fun and if you're interested in looking at some photo hosting sites, then check out Picasa Web Albums from Google and another service called Smugmug.
PS: A quick word about photo posting etiquette - When posting identifiable photos of other people (especially minors) get the person's permission before posting their photo in a publicly accessible place like Flickr. Never upload pictures that weren't taken by you (unless you have the photographer's consent) and always give credit when you include photos taken by someone else in your blog.
· Flickr Services (3rd party applications & mashups) and here's another Flickr site that lets you create movie posters, CD covers, magazine covers and so on.
· 365 Days of Library Pictures in Flickr.
[Note: Please remember to include WEEK# and THING# in your heading posts.]