Social Media Nuggets : FLICKR

Flickr - almost certainly the best online photo management and sharing application in the world - has two main goals:

1. We want to help people make their photos available to the people who matter to them.

Maybe they want to keep a blog of moments captured on their cameraphone, or maybe they want to show off their best pictures or video to the whole world in a bid for web celebrity. Or maybe they want to securely and privately share photos of their kids with their family across the country. Flickr makes all these things possible and more! To do this, we want to get photos and video into and out of the system in as many ways as we can: from the web, from mobile devices, from the users' home computers and from whatever software they are using to manage their content. And we want to be able to push them out in as many ways as possible: on the Flickr website, in RSS feeds, by email, by posting to outside blogs or ways we haven't thought of yet. What else are we going to use those smart refrigerators for?

2. We want to enable new ways of organizing photos and video.

Once you make the switch to digital, it is all too easy to get overwhelmed with the sheer number of photos you take or videos you shoot with that itchy trigger finger. Albums, the principal way people go about organizing things today, are great -- until you get to 20 or 30 or 50 of them. They worked in the days of getting rolls of film developed, but the "album" metaphor is in desperate need of a Florida condo and full retirement. Part of the solution is to make the process of organizing photos or videos collaborative. In Flickr, you can give your friends, family, and other contacts permission to organize your stuff - not just to add comments, but also notes and tags. People like to ooh and ahh, laugh and cry, make wisecracks when sharing photos and videos. Why not give them the ability to do this when they look at them over the internet? And as all this info accretes as metadata, you can find things so much easier later on, since all this info is also searchable.

Flickr continues to evolve in myriad ways, all of which are designed to make it easier and better. Check out the Flickr Blog to stay apprised of the latest developments. The fact that you've read to the end of this entire document and are hanging out at the bottom of this page with nothing but this silly text to keep you company is proof of a deep and abiding interest on your part. What are you waiting for? Sign up now!

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Top Most Questions

01. Help / The Help Forum The Help Forum is a great place to start if you need help with Flickr (just like our extensive FAQ). Our community is full of helpful, clever people who know more about Flickr than we do! read more
02. Question about RSS feed for my own tags A long while ago, I set up my Facebook page to read an RSS feed of the photos I was tagging with "dailypic". A short while ago, it stopped working. Maybe one of the endless infernal changes of late? Regardless, could someone please walk me through how to find the RSS feed for one tag on my own photostream? I've read that it's at the bottom right of the page but after scrolling through thousands of photos (infernal endless scroll) there is nothing. I also looked on the API page for RSS at but I can't parse it and don't understand where to put my user ID and tag. I tried this but the validator says this isn't a valid feed. read more
03. How to Put Paragraph Breaks in Photo Descriptions? I've recently started posting new photos here after a year's absence. I can find no way to skip a space and start a new paragraph in the description of a photo. With some of my older photos, I've written long descriptions with several paragraphs and they are still viewable. read more
04. I can't view and download my video,I have complained for long time and flickr doen't care.? I uploaded these 6 videos last year, it's been saying something like"the video is being processed" in Chinese permanently. Please note that... read more

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lickr has reinvented itself. Gone are the days of thumbnails and white backgrounds, replaced instead with full bleed, full-resolution photos and a whopping 1 terabyte of free storage. It is the most drastic redesign the photo sharing site has ever seen and it has been long overdue since Yahoo bought the website in 2006. So what's new? Read More

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