5 things part 4

by blogmistress on January 22, 2009

If you have been completing the 5 things this week, you should be feeling pretty connected by now. Today, let’s look at Flickr.

  1. Blogs
  2. LinkedIn
  3. Facebook
  4. Flickr/del.icio.us
  5. YouTube

From the Wall Street Journal:

Wouldn’t it be great if you could actually find stuff on the Internet? Sure, Google is a wonderful tool for searching for some things — say the home page of a company, or how to make Battenberg cake. But more often than not, you’ll get way too many hits for what you’re looking for, and end up frustrated.

Last year a couple of free Internet services started doing something interesting, entirely independently of each other. Flickr (www.flickr.com) is a Web site for storing your photographs; del.icio.us (simply http://del.icio.us) lets you store bookmarks to your favorite Web pages. They share two features: Both let users add tags to what they are storing, and by default share that data with any other user.
So, say you upload a photo to Flickr , you might add a word or two to categorize it — say, scuba, or marzipan. The same applies if you add a Web page to your del.icio.us bookmarks. But because both of these tools are public, it also means that you can see what other pictures, in the case of Flickr , or Web page links in the case of del.icio.us, have the same tags. (28 January 2005)

Go to Flickr and Del.icio.us. Look around. Think of any ways that you could use these 2 sites to promote your business. Also, think of ways you could use photos to spice up your blog. Go to the creative commons in flickr to get photos that are not copyrighted. It is always good practice to attribute photo credit to the photographer. Put your own photos on flickr. Take photos of your business, business events, products, etc. You get the idea.

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