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Flickr Lessons

We are big fans of Flickr, the user-generated photography website which launched in February 2004. This pioneering social web site rewards interaction and offers access to Creative Commons-licensed images. There are some gripes, but on the whole, Flickr is our old-school social web darling.

FLICKR Q&A

WHAT IS FLICKR?Flickr is a website that allows users to store, sort, search and share photos online. When it launched, it was the first of its kind to provide a public platform for photo sharing. Now the options include Facebook, Instagram and countless others. We’re still fans of Flickr and are happy to share tips for making the most of the service.

WHAT IS YOUR TOP TIP? – When you register on Flickr, write down your ID and password.

TIP # 2? – Share photos in relevant groups.

TIP # 3? – Fave a photo! (For details, read on.)

CAN I KEEP SOME PICTURES PRIVATE OR LIMIT VIEWING ACCESS? – Yes. You can select this option as you upload pictures.

HOW DO I SHARE A PHOTO WITH A GROUP? – If you belong to a specific group, just add your photo to the group pool (if not, join the group first, because only members of a group can contribute to the group pool).

The easiest way add a photo to a group is to go to the photo’s page, and click on the ‘Send to Group’ button that you should see between the photo title and the photo itself. Click that, then choose the group you want to send it to, and you’re done!

Planeta groups include Accessible Travel, City Parks, World Museums, World Parks and Mexico Baseball. We also contribute to Mexican Palette and the Mezcal Pool.

IN WHAT LANGUAGE IS FLICKR AVAILABLE? – Flickr is available in Deutsch, English, Español, Français, Italiano, and Português.

HOW LONG SHOULD WE WAIT FOR PHOTOS TO APPEAR IN FLICKR SEARCHES? – It may take a few weeks. If you’re new to Flickr, it’s likely that your account still needs to be reviewed. Once you’ve uploaded five public photos, your account enters the pending review queue. Until then, your photos won’t show up in public areas of the site.

HOW DO I LEAVE A GROUP? – Go to your Groups page and select the group you’d like to leave. On the right-hand side, underneath the box where you can search group discussions, there’s a red link labelled ‘Quit (group name)?’ Click this and you’ll be taken to a page where you can exit the group in a graceful manner.

HOW DO I FAVE A PHOTO ON FLICKR? – When you are looking at a photo’s individual page, you can tell the photographer (and the world) that it’s one of your favorites. If you have a Flickr account and you are logged in, you will see a button on the left hand side of the photo which reads ‘Add to favorites’. Click!

CAN I PUT MY FLICKR PHOTOS ON MY WEBSITE? – Yes! You can configure a dynamic badge of Flickr photos to add to your website.

CAN OTHER PEOPLE SEE MY FAVORITES? – Yes. When another person looks at your favorites, they see all the public photos in your collection.

HOW DO I PROTECT MY PHOTOS FROM BEING DOWNLOADED BY SOMEONE ELSE? – You can set a global preference that controls who can download your photos. Just select a setting — from “Only Me” to “Anyone.” This setting applies to all your photos and is combined with your privacy settings.

MY FRIENDS HAVE A FRIENDLY URL WHILE I HAVE A STRING OF NUMBERS. HOW DO I GET A MORE USER-FRIENDLY URL? – Create a Flickr alias. You only have one shot, so think this through.

More answers in Flickr’s own FAQ

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