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June 7, 2009

When I’m out and about, I’m always on the lookout for interesting photos, but up until now I’ve focused on TwitPic, but read on and you’ll find why I’ve underestimated FlickR.

So that’s how the BBC works
Looking at FlickR recently, I’d noticed in the top right that I had three new messages. Had no idea what this was about, so I clicked.

The BBC must have been keeping a close eye on FlickR, looking to contact people who were uploading pictures, live, from the G20 protests. I took quite a few pictures, such as this one.

To be honest, they should have got in touch with colleague Mike Walsh – he took this outstanding photo (below). You can see his FlickR photostream here.


This is the sort of picture the BBC would pick for their homepage, so it definitely pays to get pics up as soon as possible, to capture the moment.

So can this be applied to travel journalsim? Could we be tracking TwitPic or FlickR when there’s news to write? You’d have the pictures, and the chance to speak to someone on the ground.

And then there’s the chance to show off with FlickR


A second message informed me that one of my photos, uploaded to FlickR, had been shortlisted for a London Guide. You can look at the picture now if you like – it’s a Paul Smith shop covered in snow.

However, I missed the deadline to approve them using it – so I need to find a way to receive these alerts automatically. Already there are too many applications I use to keep track of…

So it’s worth putting your pictures up on FlickR, you never know what will happen.

And TwitPic – is it possible to geo-tag pictures? Are they as easy to track as FlickR?

READ: Why it’s good to have a camera phone
READ: A Flip on the radar and the growing use of video

2 Comments leave one →
  1. robenslin permalink
    June 7, 2009 11:26 am

    Hi Matt, is king for pictorial content. They are the undisputed leaders IMO.

    If you captured photo content you should post it – which ever service you use. (if private hide it using Flickr). With cloud computing now mainstream there’s no reason not to. All the services available these day’s have their own strengths and weaknesses.

    When deciding which service to use I’d firstly consider what I plan to do with that content in the future. If the content has little personal value then use something like Twitpic/YFrog. If, however, you have content you’d like to keep (has value) and plan to share plus you want better control over them, then Flickr is a good bet.

    There are other services that kinda fall between these two. One service I personally like it Posterous, like many other photo-sharing apps, makes posting pictorial content easy and flexible.

    Good post!



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