No more anonymous Flickr tags

Have you ever tagged someone else’s photo on Flickr? I have, but usually only when I’m in it. I guess anonymous tagging happens more than we realize and so Flickr has now added the ability to see who added the tag:

Flickr has quietly made a big change to its tagging system, which from now on will show who added a tag to a photo or video. As Flickr’s Community Manager Heather Champ notes, this information was previously available through Flickr’s API, but wouldn’t show up on Flickr’s photo pages. With the new system you simply hover over a tag and you’ll get a tool tip that shows you the username of the person who added the tag.

Found via: CNET news.

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Flickr & Locations

I’ve been looking through a lot of photos on Flickr lately and have noticed that not many people are putting their pictures on the map. Why is this? I love adding my traveling (never pictures taken at home) pictures on the map. This way there is always a location tag on my photos. I also think it’s handy for conference goers. If someone is going to CIL next year, they can see my pictures from the location and get a feel for what it was like … of course they could search by the cil2008 tag, but what about those just interested in the area?

So, I guess I’m posting for 2 reasons. 1) are you using the Flickr mapping feature? 2) if not, why?

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Comparing Photosharing Sites

No one is going to get me to stop using Flickr – in fact moving off of Flickr would probably be nearly impossible for me with over 5,500 photos in my account. That said, you may be interested in this comparison from DownloadSquad of several photo sharing sites.

You may also be interested to know that I’m not alone in loving Flickr – here are the voting results as of one minute ago:

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Flickr on Photoshop Express

Since finding Photoshop Express, I haven’t used it … Why not? Because I upload hundreds of photos to Flickr each month and I don’t want to have to upload them to other places too. Now, I have a reason to re-visit Photoshop Express – Flickr support!

This from DownloadSquad:

At the conference call in March, we asked Adobe about their plans for integrating Photoshop Express with other web services and they assured us Flickr support was on the way. It’s available now and we think it adds a lot of value to both services. Now you can download your Flickr photos directly into Photoshop Express for cropping, color correction, digital effects, etc. Photos edited with Photoshop Express can be immediately re-exported/uploaded to Flickr all in one seamless step.


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Photoshop Express

I just found out about Photoshop Express and had to sign right up. You can see my page at

Upload, sort, polish, and store up to 2GB of photos. All for free. Resize, tint, distort, and more — add your mark to all your images. Then show them off on Adobe® Photoshop® Express or your Facebook page.

Sounds pretty handy – I’ll have to give it a whirl tomorrow.

Flickr Donation Program

Flickr & TechSoup have announced a great program!

The Flickr photo sharing service has teamed up with TechSoup Stock to offer premium “pro” accounts to individuals within eligible organizations. The pro accounts are available in packages of either two or five accounts. Organizations must assign these accounts to individuals over 18 years of age, and the accounts will remain assigned to those individuals even if they leave the organization. For details on eligibility requirements, see the Flickr Restrictions.

Flickr is a Web site for photo storage, sharing, and organization, designed to make photo management an easy, natural, and collaborative process. Flickr stores over two billion photos taken by members all over the world. Communication tools let users get comments, notes, and tags on their photos, post them to any blog, share them, and more. See Flickr’s FAQ for much more information.


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LOC & Flickr

I taught a class on Thurs on the 2.0 Office. At the end I had some extra time so I showed some fun social tools that you can find professional uses for. One of these tools was Flickr. Well, it turns out (thanks David for pointing it out) that the Library of Congress has come up with a pretty awesome way to use Flickr.

The project is beginning somewhat modestly, but we hope to learn a lot from it. Out of some 14 million prints, photographs and other visual materials at the Library of Congress, more than 3,000 photos from two of our most popular collections are being made available on our new Flickr page, to include only images for which no copyright restrictions are known to exist.

This is a great idea!! I love it!

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