Discovery 5 – Flickr

June 9, 2009 at 10:49 am 2 comments

How many times have you thought “I wish there was a way I could share my travel photo’s with family and friends without the hassle of emailing or posting cd’s/dvd’s”

It’s something we have all come across at various times in our lives and it’s not simply limited to travel photo’s. It might be photo’s in general, Not all of our friends and family are close by and sometimes sharing images can be a hassle.

It may have passed many of us by but in the late 90’s several online image companies rose providing hosting and photo-finishing services to it’s clients. It wasn’t really until the earlier 2000’s that online social media sites popped up with image storage and sharing functionality.

Flickr was one of the first, founded by Caterina Fake and Stewart Butterfield. In 2002 Flickr revolutionised the way we share images.


Watch this video to discover the concept of Flickr

As you can see Flickr allows users to upload, Edit, Organise, Share, and Engage with their images. Flickr in it’s maturity is the best of breed for online photo sharing and is widely used throughout the world.

Take the tour here

Additional to personally uploading, organising and sharing your own photo’s, Flickr encourages us to get out and Explore! the world of online images. Explore allows us to view random images from Flickr based on something the Flickr team calls Interestingness.

Flickr is comprised of many user created and moderated groups, you can become a member of a group and post your photos as well as participate in discussion in a forum style setting.


Sign up for a flickr account here, click on the “Create account” button.

Check out some groups of interest, the below are just library ones but do a search for some subjects that interest you.

Create a set in Flickr. Sets are like groups and allow you to better organise your photo’s.

Upload a photo, add it to your new set.


By now you should know your way around the basic functions of Flickr.

Setup your profile page and account settings. Your profile page should say a little about yourself and can link back to your blog.

Your account settings is the place where you can change privacy and permissions and should be carefully reviewed before uploading to Flickr. The default setting for privacy of images is “All rights reserved” however you can chose to apply a Creative commons license to images for rights and usage. More info on Creative Commons here

Upload some more photo’s and place them in multiple sets. Also add them to some groups. If you are a member of the Townsville group then that’s a good start.

Now is a good time to participate in some discussion, pick one of your new groups and post on one of the discussion threads. Spend some time and look around for a subject that you can actively participate in. (You’ll be suprised how much discussion happens in flickr groups.)

Comment on other people’s photo’s. By this point other participants of the learning2.0 program should have some photo’s up online.

Finally record your experiences on your Learning2.0 blog.

Note:- Flickr has many options and various little facets to find and work out. If anyone has any issues or questions make sure to contact any of the Learning2.0 program team. Feel free to Tweet questions, we  will reply where we can.

Comments on this post are also a good central place for Q&A’s.


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  • 1. analogishere  |  June 9, 2009 at 10:58 am

    Hey All..

    Flickr is a great online photo sharing tool, if anyone has any questions feel free to ask here or tweet me.

    here is a link to my Flickr photo stream if anyone is interested.


  • […] companies like Flickr (which we explored in our last Discovery exercise), offer a service called an API – Application programming interface. This is something like a […]


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