This is Part III of my weekly dummy series on web goodies with a social twist. Part I was about social bookmarks manager del.icio.us, part II about the social knowledge bases Wiki, this weeks technology is the webs best way to store, search, sort, and share your photos – Flickr. Everyone having heard of Flickr before can safely hit the back button.
Flickr is a free webservice for
well storing, searching, sorting, and sharing ones photos with friends and family and the rest of the world. The introduction gives a good overview.
Why is it great?
- It’s web-based. Photos can be accessed across all browsers and machines.
- It’s social. Everyone can upload, tag and comment his photos and can also browse, search, and comment upon the public photos of all other users.
- It’s quite easy to use.
- It provides an ocean of pictures for diving into. Take care not to get lost.
- It’s subscribable. Various RSS feeds are provided for subscribing to new uploads of specific people or tags.
- It’s great fun.
Well, almost. Flickr might very well be the entrance drug for tagging. Tagging (applying one or more terms to entities like photos, tracks, bookmarks or documents) has become one of the most effective way of giving sense and value to items living within an overall data-overkill on a individual basis. Unlike moderated techniques like ontologies, bibliographic categories, subcategories, and subsubcategories, or other formally structured systems, everyone is free to use those tags that make most sense to him. Interestingly enough this turns out to be no weakness of a system (works even if they all do what they want to) but the very strength of it (it works just because everyone does as he pleases). The possibilities of browsing the photos are endless (from a user to a friend of a user to a tag to the cluster of related tags to another user…) and always surprising.
As of today, these are the 150 most popular tags:
2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 7610 africa amsterdam animal animals architecture art australia autumn baby barcelona beach berlin birthday blackandwhite blue boston brasil brazil bridge building bw california cameraphone camping canada car cat cats chicago china christmas church city clouds concert day dc december dog dogs england europe fall family festival florida flower flowers food fotolog france friends fun garden germany graffiti green halloween hawaii holiday home honeymoon house ice india italy january japan kids lake landscape leaves light lights london losangeles macro me mexico mobile moblog museum music nature new newyears newyork newzealand night november nyc ocean october old orange paris park party people phone photo photos portrait red reflection river sanfrancisco scotland sea seattle sign sky snow spain street summer sunset sydney texas thailand thanksgiving tokyo toronto train travel tree trees trip uk urban usa vacation vancouver washington water wedding white window winter work xmas yellow zoo