Roll Your Own Flickr Notes

For a long time I have continually raved about what I think is a severely under-used Cool Flickr Feature- the ability to add notes, or hypertext regions to images. For many long, winter nights, I have wondered.. Why Dont Teachers Jump All Over Such a Thing?, but alas, gave up on hearing an answer from the mountain.

Just on a whim today- my colleague Joe Lamber asked if I knew of a web tool that allowed one to annotate any image with a push pin and a note like Google does for the maps, that I came across a holy grail I never knew existed- Fotonotes – code that provides any web site the ability to add this feature to image content:

FotonotesTM is an [sic] standard, specification, and collection of scripts for annotating images.

And towards the bottom, it is credited as the inspiration for the early flickr-ites to create their own feature.

Too outline it in pictures:

A photo is dedined with the rollover hotspots.

And upon rollover, you get a pop up note. Yep. Just like flickr.

So you can also edit a note, in this case, I am adding one for the tree.

And voila! It is there.

I have no idea yet what it takes to tun this code, and I don’t have an immediate use for it, but its one of those things I hope to tag and file away for that one day when such a need is going to jump up and bite me.

Is there something I am missing in all my excitement?

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  1. About the Flikr notes. I like them but you cannot export the pictures with the notes. So, I would have to link every image I show up to Flickr, which is blocked by websense, by the way.

    The feature is nice for some activities but like I said, you’ve got to be able to take the annotation with you for it to be of real value for my classroom.

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