Flickr is a photo sharing website and an online community platform. It has become one of the most popular websites for anyone who uses digital photos and the service is widely used by bloggers as a photo repository. A major reason for its popularity has been the tagging features that allow you to search for photos from various users who have used similar tags.
With a free Flickr account you can upload 100MB of photos each month. This sounds as though they are providing you with that amount of server space, but it is actually a bandwidth limit. Each month you can upload that amount regardless of whether you used all of the bandwidth in a previous month or whether you have deleted any pictures.
I started with a free account, but upgraded to a Pro account after a few months. This is one of the very few web services that I have ever paid for. I could have survived with the free account, but for less than $25 per year I now get the following:
- Unlimited storage
- Unlimited uploads
- Unlimited bandwidth
- Unlimited sets (for organizing similar pictures)
- Permanent archiving of high resolution images
- Ad-free browsing and sharing
You can now choose to license the photos you upload to Flickr under a Creative Commons license. One of the best parts of Flickr is the open API. This allows any interested (and skilled) user to develop tools that can be used with Flickr.
One thing that has great potential for academic use is the embedded notes feature. I have seen it used very effectively for describing parts of a painting in an Art History class, and have no doubts that it can be used in many creative ways. Click on the photo below to open it in Flickr to see the notes fields.
- Upload directly from a camera phone
- The Flickr blog highlights interesting photos and uses of Flickr
- Flickr Bits website has lots of tools
- Official Flickr services
- Official Flickr Tools
- Flickr Colr Pickr – very cool, created by Jim Bumgardner
- The Great Flickr Tools Collection
Slideshow of Asian restaurant animals/food (click below):