What is flickr? Just the coolest, hippest place to display and share your photos, that’s all! And it’s so simple to use that I shouldn’t even need to make this flickr tutorial…but my current insomnia is allowing me to do it (okay, you can read mine, or you can read his…I don’t care).
According to the flickr website, they say they want to provide a place to share and organize digital photos.
Actually flickr is a photo blog. They call it a photostream, but it’s really a blog. For example, if you go to my photostream you’ll see the anatomy of a blog. Each photo is it’s own post complete with a title, photo and optional description, and a place for comments. The most recent is at the top and each photo can be tagged (or given descriptive names or categories).
So the short answer is flickr is just a photo blog. But oh, flickr can do so much more! It’s a community of other flickr-people. You can set other people to be your contacts (friends, family, or just contacts). This is cool because you can set your photos to only be viewed by certain groups of contacts. Also it’s cool because if you make others your contact, you can watch their photos easier (especially through RSS).
Uploading images is a snap (it’ll even re-size large images down to thumbnail and other sized images on the fly). Tagging your photos adds them to the public pool of similar photos. You can join groups to share photos together and have discussions. If you find photos you like that others have posted, mark it as one of your favorites.
If you’re a blogger, you can set up your blog account so that you can post a photo from flickr in one click. You can even set it so others can use your photo in a blog. I’ve even set the flickr explore page as my start-up page so when I open my browser, I get a really cool photo to get my browser started.
So I encourage you, if you have a digi-cam, why not share some of those photos with others? You can make them available for people to download (or not) and choose who can see them. And be sure to add me as a contact. I’d love to see what you’re doing on flickr! And stop by and leave a comment on some photos and make them a favorite if you so choose!
All you need is a flickr or yahoo account (yahoo bought flickr last year).