These products have come to be called ‘social media,’ but that’s not what Flickr was. Flickr was an online community. The reason they started calling it social media is because you can sell media. You can sell column inches, you can sell broadcast hours, you can advertise against it. But Flickr was not social media. Flickr was an online community.
I find this stuff so you don’t have to:
- Building an Open Source Laptop | MAKE
- Moving to GOV.UK – the MHRA experience so far
- How many people does it take to tame the Digital Dragon? (digital skills for all!)
- PauPress | Contact Relationship Management for WordPress.
- comms2point0 – a primer about successful online communities
- Flickr: The British Library’s Photostream – AMAZING resource
- Mobile Opportunity: Wearability is Not Enough
- Housing organisations lag behind in social media and digital engagement | Housing Network | Guardian Professional
- The paperback edition of the Social Learning Handbook 2014 is now available
- A checklist for digital inclusion – if we do these things, we’re doing digital inclusion
I find this stuff so that you don’t have to.
- #UKGC11: Flickr, Wikipedia and Open Streetmap for local authorities – Great write up of an interesting session from @abeeken
- Reworking the public sector | Public sector pm – Notes on a great topic at #ukgc11
- Uk GovCamp 2011 | Partridgej’s Blog – Nice summary of the #police discussion at #ukgc11 from @jiiiii
- The Plan is not the Objective – Superb stuff from @curiousc on agile policy making talks at #ukgc11
- Considering PaaS – Fabulously useful post on cloud platform stuff from @cote
- 6 ways to make open innovation easier – 100% Open – Great tips.
- Public Data Corporation to free up public data and drive innovation – Interesting. Not least because I'm not convinced there's much money to be made by anyone here – certainly not by small suppliers anyway.
- Transport’s £2.7m spend on online game – Shame – a potentially good idea made ridiculous by spending too much money on it.
- My GovCamp wishlist (and yours) – Thanks to Simon for sharing his ideas for this year's GovCamp.
- How To Build An Online Community – The Ultimate List of Resources (Updated) – Great list of resources from Rich Millington on building online communities- vital reading.
- As VLC for iPhone, iPad Pulled from App Store, What’s the Future for GPL Apps? – Interesting post on whether open sources licences like the GPL are incompatible with Apple (and maybe other) app stores T&Cs.
You can also see all the videos I think are worth watching at my video scrapbook.
Following the announcement that Yahoo! don’t care too much for Delicious anymore, I’ve been worrying away about Flickr. I know a few others have been too.
Phil Bradley points out that a great tool exists for backing up all your Flickr photos, so if Yahoo! decides to flickr the switch to off, you still have all those memories.
It’s called Flickredit and is an open source effort, and well worth trying out.
While you’re at it, think about the content you have on other services and have a look for ways of backing it all up, just in case.
It’s been a great start to the day at UKYouthOnline. You can follow the twitter back channel (no snarkiness spotted yet, must be a record) at http://search.twitter.com/search?q=ukyouthonline and I’m uploading a few photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/ukyouthonline
Do join in by leaving messages wherever you can!
It’s my birthday today, I am now in my 30th year. 29 years old! Hopefully this won’t mean lots of pontificating over the next 12 months about what I have achieved, and what I am going to do with myself in the future.
Anyway, I had some lovely gifts, including a top selection of dead tree web 2.0 reading material:
|The Future of the Internet
|Everything is Miscellaneous
Charlene Li & Josh Bernoff
Plenty to get my teeth into there.
Having an iPhone has really liberated me in term of the way that I use Flickr. This would be true of any phone with decent internet connectivity, and indeed there are plenty of handsets out there with better camera functionality than the iPhone. But the ability to easily take a picture and upload it to Flickr via email in a matter of seconds is fantastic – like this, which I took in Chipping Norton yesterday:
This has led me to have a bit of a wonder about Flickr and where the value of it lies. One thing Flickr does brilliantly is to create a community of photographers, from amateurs through to seasoned professionals, who discuss one another’s photos and chat about lenses, resolutions and whatnot.
But Flickr has another community too – people out on the streets with cameraphones, who don’t really care about the angles of the shots they are taking, wh just want to capture the moment and share it online. Such users can easily find themselves at the forefront of important events, thrust into the role of citizen journalist.
These two communities exist side-by-side rather well, despite the fact that they are using the same service for quite different purposes. Which is more important to Flickr, I wonder – and which to society?
Thought I might post an update on my efforts at establishing a social media group in Kettering, Northants. Having been subscribed to various feeds searching for Kettering based content, which mainly produced details of various car boot sales in the area, I might finally be getting somewhere.
A couple of guys have been posting some great photos to Flickr, which have been tagged as Kettering, and with a bit of digging, it’s definitely the one near me, rather than in the States!
This is a clear issue – the tag ‘kettering’ is too vague, and maybe something like ketteringuk or ketteringnorthants needs to be used to ensure it’s unique. Of course, this sort of thing can’t be promoted until people start coming together.
So, I have sent a flickr mail to these guys seeing if they are interested in maybe a pub meet or a photo walk. Hopefully they won’t think I am being too forward 😉