Results tagged “photos”

Frosty dawn commuting

Frosty morning on the Adur Ferry Bridge

I'm on an early train to London (by weekend standards) this morning, for dull work reasons. Sometimes the light, the weather and the scenery make that early start worthwhile.

Adur Ferry Bridge in Orange

The station at dawn

10 Flickring Years

Flickr is a decade old:

Together we have defined online photo sharing. Currently, there are nearly 2 million groups sharing 1 million photos every day. We were the first significant online community where you could store, organize, tag, and share digital photos. Before Flickr, there was no widespread way to share your photos with friends, family and the wider public.

It's easy to forget that Flickr was one of the early pioneers of embedding - long before YouTube came along - and that many of the photos in the early years of this blog were Flickr embeds, to protect limited storage space and bandwidth on my server back then. Flickr introduced many of us to the power of metadata, as it made it so easy to lag, and then geotag photos.

It's certainly lost its way since then, it was far too slow to the mobile world, and is, in many ways, a shadow of its former self. Yet, I still search it regulalrly for Creative Commons images to use in my work, and am always suprised by the work I find in there. I suspect if I took just a little time to reinvestiagte it, I'd find a lot of life in the service. Maybe the anniversary will spur me to do so. 

As far as I can see, this is the first photo I uploaded to Flickr (after my profile pic):

That wasn't until August, though, so I don't know if I was just unaware of Flickr, or if there was some reason it was hard to get an account in the early days. Either way, the evidence on this blog is that I didn't join until mid-August

Still, more of my photography has been seen on Flickr than anywhere else. I've had 1,002,974 views in the life of my account. That's not anything to be sneezed at. I doubt all my physical photos have had more than a tiny fraction of that number of views in aggregate. This, rather bizarrely, is the most viewed photo, at 16,731 views:

It's one of a series of photos I shot on the day of the London bombings - which collectively make up most of my top 10 viewed photos.

Flickr really made photo-sharing viable for a mass of people, and has opened up more artistic work to more people than we give it credit for.

Flickr is still there, and still growing. It hasn't been "sunsetted" by Yahoo. Given how many other services from those days - and the days afterwards - are now gone, that's still quite an achievement. 

Long live Flickr. 


Fascinating exploration of the motivation and results of sharing things like photos of food on Twitter:

There is a wealth of information out there for the interested. Knowledge opens doors. Never underestimate the power of small talk. Rapport is how humans sync with one another. The foundation of effective communication.

And small talk leads to big talk.

Why do we tweet what we eat?

See Also: Today's XKCD.

Today in "about bloomin' time" news: Instagram introduces web embeds. Up until now, using an Instagram image in your article or post involved downloading it and adding it into your CMS. Now, you just embed it with a tiny chunk of HTML. The image above is an embed.

To grab the code, just go to the web page with the image, and click on the sharing icon (the box with an arrow coming out of it):

Instagram ebeds

It's astonishing it's taken this long to happen. The inclusion of embeds was the critical factor behind the growth of both Flickr and YouTube in their early days. Has it really taken Instagram this long to notice that half the web is already embedding their images?

Generally, this is good news for journalism businesses, though. A lot of the lingering copyright worries about using Instagram images from news events can be alleviated by using the embed code which always links back to the creator's own Instagram stream.

Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver and Kevin Systrom have got to know each other through photos - Instagram photos, specifically. They've got to know about each other's families, about tastes in beer...

Twitter is great for getting messages out there and stirring the post, suggests Oliver. It's also good for engaging local communities. Facebook is like a websites, and people scratch deeper there. Instagram is an "amazing was of democratising being creative". There's something about weds that scan be quite poisonous - it's very bitchy. Jamie has so many followers, he gets worried if he doesn't get thousands of likes quickly. And he finds the press don't steal Instagram images as much as they do TwitPics. 

Kevin finds that brands who are most "true" on Instagram get the most engagement. He recommends that you follow Burberry on INstagram to see how to do it well. 

Jamie thinks Pinterest "makes crap look good". He uses it, but it bores him. He spends about 15 minutes a day scanning through social media stuff - but he has a digital team.  The stuff that works is emotion and recipes. "The internet is about being generous" he suggests - the make-up girl at Le Web has bought none of his books - she gets the recipes from the internet. But he think it all contributes to the sales. 

Kevin Systrom and Jamie Oliver at Le web

Jamie likes being able to delete "junk" comments on Instagram, but dislikes the "trail of shite" that idiots leave behind on Twitter. He praises Instagram for leaving an open API to allow other people to build businesses on top of the services, particularly around printing and making of physical goods. Jamie Describes this as a "generous spirit". Neither of them are convinced that video has been done right yet, but they think there's a possibility there. Kevin suggests the value of Jamie teaching you how cook an omelette, but Jamie thinks it would have to be very short. 

Never Seconds - a blog written by a nine year old girl about school dinners - was a good trigger point for restarting a discussion about nutrition in schools, that Jamie's team were able to take advantage of. Pink slime was another campaign they for behind and got trending quickly. 

"The food industry is as corrupt and filthy as the arms industry," says Jamie. He thinks the only hope is digital, because it allows communities to come together. The media can be fantastic he suggests - if they want to be. But the campaigning they do allow them to aggregate communities. The problem with measurement is that  "nobody does anything with it". He'll leave that to others. 

"Boobs, pretty girls and dogs" is what's popular on Instagram suggests Jamie. Kevin shifts the conversation swiftly to the idea that "honest" photos work, but they need to find better ways of creating channels of related content. Jamie points out that budgets for broadcast TV are massively down - 40 to 45% down, but new sources of money are emerging from places like YouTube. 

More details of the session from Arne


Alone in the Office
Really must do something about going home at a sensible time one of these days...