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Flickr

OK I said I’d talk a little about some Web 2.0 tools, such as Flickr.

Flickr (www.flickr.com) is a web site where you can sign up and then save, store and edit photos online. It’s free, although you can upgrade to a professional account for $25 a year. That gives you more space for pictures and allows you to upload video.

Photos right off a digital camera are HUGE! So if you resize photos and them upload them to Flickr you won’t go through a ton of space. If you upload and resize, you can go through more.

So here are some of the things you can do with Flickr:
• Upload pictures
• Edit them
• Organize them into group
• Open up groups to other Flickr users (So maybe everyone in your family joins your group and you all post your holiday pictures online.)
• Tag your pictures with keywords to make then easy to find
• Share tags with a lot of people and you can create a de facto group. So if everyone at the concert tags their Flickr photos with thewho08 and you search for thewho08, you will see everyone’s photos.
• Allow everyone to see them, or allow only a pre-selected group
• Comment on pictures or have others comment on your pictures
• Order prints
• Create a Flickr badge that you can put on your web site so that every time you post new pictures they will show up on your web site. (I did a previous Byte on that: http://tinyurl.com/6lzj6n)
• Upload pictures from your email or cell phone

It’s very user-friendly so I won’t go into the how-to – but I’ve used Flickr for a couple of years now and have been very happy. I’ve talked a few clients into using it too. My favorite application is uploading pictures from the annual event and linking from the web site to it. I no longer resize and as a group we no longer waste time trying to get names – people post comments and help us out. It’s been a huge time saver.

Have a great Halloween!! Ann

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