Let’s say you were marooned on the apocryphal desert island that was equipped with a broadband internet connection limited to accessing one web site, what would it be?
Well maybe that is not the question I was framing- most people might claim email or twitter, maybe even (eww) facebook (“status- just cracked a coconut!”) or something with two way video (you survivalists, you, want to stay in touch).
No, I am thinking, if you were limited to one Web 2.0 tool, what would it be?
That’s easy for me- hands down, its the site that spawned a million ideas, experiments, hobby time hours for me– nothing more typifies the experience to me than good old flickr. I’ve sometimes thought of building an entire web 2.0 presentation (not that I do web 2.0 presentations) around flickr.
What warmed the fires again this morning was getting a notice that a photo of mine was added to someone’s flickr gallery. a flickr user, kellypuffs, has a excellent set of images (not just because mine is in there, I like the others better) called presentation zen:
This was a feature pretty quietly added a few months ago- I was floored and wrote it as Be a Curator with Flickr Galleries. It is about turning the photo sharing experience from organizing your own photos, to a way of making collections of other people’s photos.
That seems powerful.
What is a flickr gallery?
For whatever you find interesting, fascinating, or mind-blowing on Flickr, galleries are a way to curate up to 18 public photos or videos of your fellow members into one place. It’s an opportunity to celebrate the creativity of your fellow members in a truly unique way around a theme, an idea or just because.
You create a gallery on what ever interests you, scour flickr for other photos people allow to be shared, add them to your gallery, even add your own “wall” label of annotation. You can nly add a maximum of 18 photos, so there is that interesting bit of not just tossing lots of photos into a bin, but picking the best or most interesting (to the gallery owner)
What is also nice for making you look beyond your own spiffy photos is– you cannot add your own photos to your gallery; it is all about showcasing other people’s work.
If I was teaching, I would be all over this as an assignment perhaps in photography or design to have students find photos with certain elements, or for other classes to have students build a gallery of themes (photos of Spain, illustrations of natural patterns, photos of emotions?) – so there is the search and find aspect, but also the piece where the gallery own describes their gallery and why they added the photos.
Are there any teachers out there using flickr galleries? I found it limited to be able to search for examples since I get things related to flickr gallery software, or “galleries’ (just a set of flickr photos) people put on their site.
I don’t think you get email notices of when someone uses your photos, but you can track it in your activity stream (which does have an RSS feed,a nd oh yes, an email notifier link at the bottom).
There is also a private link only a flickr account holder can view to see where your own photos have been used in other people’s galleries- Galleries with your photos is found in URLs like:
where “xxxxx” is your flickr id e.g. mine is
Maybe it is just me, and I always thought flickr image annotating was amazing, but I think flickr galleries are the dog’s pajamas.
I might just have to make a few more with something other than dogs.
Anyone else out there as jazzed by this?