Flickr has been a Thing on Nebraska Learns 2.0 previously. But, there have been some major changes made to the service in the past year. So, we thought it was a good time to revisit Flickr and update you on what it does and how you can use it to share your photos.
If you’re new to Flickr, keep reading to learn more about online photo sharing. If you already have a Flickr account, jump down to the Assignment to share how you’ve been using it.
Online Photo Sharing
In addition to being a location to showcase, backup and organize your photography, some of these services allow you to modify and edit your photos. And of course, there are many options to share your photos with friends, family, colleagues, or the general public.
Online Photo Sharing in Plain English is a very good video intro to the basics of what it is and the benefits of using photo sharing services. It’s about 2 ½ minutes long.
We’re going to focus on Flickr for this Thing, but you can check out this list of other photo sharing services to see if there’s another one you’d prefer using.
Sign up for a Flickr account
In order to use Flickr you will need a Yahoo! account. If you already have a Yahoo! account you can use it to sign in to Flickr. To create an account click the ‘Sign up for Flickr’ button and complete the form.
Flickr offers Free, Ad Free and Doublr accounts. The free account should work just fine to get you started. You can learn about the different account options on the Accounts FAQ.
The first thing you will want to do once you have an account is update your Profile. The most important thing to know about your profile is that you don’t need to set one up. Providing information in your profile is optional. The only thing that’s required is your email address.
Your Profile can be accessed by clicking on the word You, which is located on navigation menu at the top left on the screen. This will bring you to your Photostream. Then, on the right side of the screen, just below the date you joined Flickr, click on the 3 dots. Choose Profile from the pull-down menu.
Uploading Your Photos
There are multiple ways to upload your photos to Flickr. On the website, you can drag and drop photos from any directory on your computer. Or you can click the “Choose photos and videos” button, and it will open up your folders to let you choose the photos. Flickr also has mobile apps for your iPhone, iPod touch, Android, or Windows Phone 7 device.
Once your photos are uploaded, you can add captions, descriptions, tags, set your privacy levels, and more. Detailed information and instructions are on the Uploading Tools FAQ.
Sharing Your Photos
Now that you have your Flickr account set up you can easily share your photos. The Sharing FAQ has lots of information about this, but here are some ways that you might like to share right away:
- Use a pre-made Flickr Badge to link people to your Flickr Photostream or create your own using the Badge generator to display your photos on your website
- Post your photos to Twitter
- Use your photos to create a post on your Blog
- Share your photos on Facebook: While logged on to both Flickr and Facebook, click on your Flickr buddy icon – its just to the right of the search box. Then choose Settings. Click on the tab all the way to the right, Sharing & Extending and follow the instructions to connect your Facebook account to your Flickr account.
To become even more socially engaged on Flickr, consider joining and contributing your photos to a Flickr group. Here are two you might want to try:
- If you don’t already have an account, sign up for Flickr, or the photo sharing service of your choice. You can set up an account for yourself, or for your library.
- Upload at least 5 photos to your account.
- Experiment with organizing, sharing or editing your photos.
- Create a post in your blog about your experience using your photo sharing choice. Include at least one photo from your account in your blog post. Some ideas to blog about:
- Why did you choose your photo sharing service? What features made you choose it over others?
- What interesting things have you done with your online photos?
- How can libraries use photo sharing sites like Flickr?