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Flickr: What’s flickin’?

flickr_logoYet another example of me being a little bit out of the tech-savvy loop. I stick with Facebook for all of my status updates and my photo uploads…but apparently other people have separate web pages for both options (they stick with Twitter, which I wrote about in a previous post, and now Flickr!)

So, I’m diving into what Flickr is all about and helping you out there who are a lot like me to get clued in to what people are talking about!

Wikipedia has some good information about Flickr like how it was launched in February 2004 and that it’s “an image and video hosting website, web services suite, and online community platform. In addition to being a popular Web site for users to share personal photographs, the service is widely used by bloggers as a photo repository. As of November 2008, it claims to host more than 3 billion images.”

That’s a hell of a lot of pictures. Why are people so interested in posting their photos online these days? Jefferson Graham’s USA Today article Flickr of idea on a gaming project led to photo website explains that “Shutterbugs are less likely to make many prints these days but still want an outlet to show off their work.”

The free, ad-supported site which was bought by Yahoo has a great deal of followers, including Chad Hurley, CEO of YouTuba. He says the site has resonated so quickly with the public “because it brougth innovation to a problem people thought was already solved – how to share photos online.” People these days want to share their personal photos with friends and family across the world. But it’s not just about sharing the photos, it’s about building a community.

Flickr’s snazzy photo-sharing features set it apart from the dozens of other photography sites. Friends can chcek out newly posted pictures via searching and add their own ‘notes’ to photos they like. One distinctive tool lets bloggers simultaneously post photos on their own blogs and at Flickr. It also uses a tool called ‘tagging’ – adding a few words of text to each posted photo – to that a picture can be easily searched online.” It also has a “spare, hip look that displays photos larger and more stylishly than many other [competitors].

Some of the most popular tags of the day

Some of the most popular tags of the day

As of today, March 11, 2009, Getty Images, the world’s leading creator and distributor of visual content and other digital media, announced in a Fox Business article that they are going to launch the Flickr Collection, “a creative imagery collection now available exclusively on for commercial licensing. With the debut of this first-of-its-kind collection, customers can easily access and license the inspirational and unexpected photographs for which the Flickr community is known.”

“We are thrilled to provide our customers with this ground-breaking collection,” said Jonathan Klein, co-founder and CEO of Getty Images. “We are impressed with the talent from the Flickr community, and are proud to once again lead our industry in this exciting new direction. We are eager to hear what our customers think, and look forward to their input in shaping this ever-expanding collection.”

The photographs used in the Flickr Collection were chosen by Getty Images’ editors based “on their expertise in licensing digital content and insights into customers’ needs.” The collection will feature a variety of “conceptual imagergy, such as everyday scenes and believable subjects, and original and regionally relevant content.” Thousands of new images will be added each month to meet the changing and evolving needs of the Getty Images customers.

Also, something I find completely unique is the collaboration between other Internet sites, such as Google Maps, and Flickr. Check this out:


It’s like a virtual field trip thanks to all of those people out there sharing photos via Flickr!

So, unlike me and my friends’ use of Facebook for photo sharing, it seems to me that Flickr hosts a more upscale clientele. Yes, I may like looking through my friends’ photos of their crazy weekends or silly themed parties, but Flickr hosts a variety of digital artists who are now, with the newest collaboration with Getty Images, able to display their artwork more prominently over the Internet for corporations, as well as individuals, to use. Unlike simply posting photos to laugh at or tag your friends in, people can gain Flickr fame! Congratulations to those up and coming photographers out there who are able to utilize this Internet tool to their gain. I just want a place to share my silly weekend with my friends, and that isn’t Flickr for me!

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