Zerply is a professional network that “goes beyond the resume by presenting a fuller picture of who a person is.” Their site is particularly great for professionals that may want to display their work in a more creative way which is where Flickr comes in. They recently added a great Flickr integration letting you highlight your Flickr photostream or particular sets as part of your professional profile.
Once in a while we come across something on Flickr that we didn’t even know was a “thing”. It turns out that trees sometimes grow inside of abandoned grain silos, creating a surprising and often beautiful juxtaposition. You can enjoy a whole group dedicated to Trees in Silos, or check out Ken Wolf’s excellent set of Silos around Lawrence, Kansas.
The Golden Gate Bridge has been a landmark of San Francisco since its completion in 1937. The love affair with the bridge started prior to it even being built. It was desperately needed to alleviate the traffic from the ferries. Despite the Great Depression, the areas surrounding San Francisco voted and passed the bond measure to pay for the bridge by using their homes and businesses as collateral.
The community you build is what makes Flickr truly unique. And Flickr Groups are the pulse of the community on Flickr. So we’re very excited to share three Group announcements with you.
Since the Justified View appeared on Photos from your Contacts and on your Favorites page you have been asking us to bring the same experience to groups. So starting today, you can browse the 1.2 billion photos in Flickr groups in our new Justified View.
But there’s more: not only are Group pools available in Justified View, we’ve also created a sidebar that makes the entire Groups experience more interactive and simpler to navigate. As you scroll through the photos in a Group Pool, the new sidebar persistently gives you context on what the group is about. It also surfaces the most recent discussions happening in the group and highlights the top tags as well as the top contributors for members who want to dig a little deeper.
Lots of you have asked us to make it easier to get your photos into a group and we’ve just added the ability to upload photos directly to your groups within the new Flickr Uploadr. Just click on "Add to Group" in the editing panel to access your existing groups and presto! Your photos will be sent to the group at the same time that they’re published on your photostream.
New Groups API methods, new possibilities
We are also very excited to release several new API methods that enable our members to interact with group discussions such as reading topics and replies, and posting to group discussions. The release also includes methods to join and leave a group (that may be of special interest to you mobile developers out there). You can find more information regarding these new methods on our API documentation page. Or you can head over to the code.flickr blog to read Jamal’s post on the new API methods.
Being an active contributor to The Commons on Flickr, the new space has allowed the Museum’s team to take this participation much further. So in March, it invited members of their active Flickr community to curate a display of historical photographs that are significant to them from the National Maritime Museum’s collection .
Since then 17 Flickr members have gone behind the scenes with Bronwen Colquhoun, a PhD student from Newcastle University, and the Museum’s Digital Participation Officer, Jane Findlay, to explore the Museum’s Commons sets, delve into the historic photograph collection, and meet with Museum staff about developing exhibitions.
Starting from a huge amount of photographs the group worked together to select the final eight images which will soon be exhibited in the Compass Lounge and form a new set on the National Maritime Museum’s Commons account on Flickr. A further hundred digital images will be shown alongside the prints which reflect more closely individual participants’ personal routes of exploration through the collection – these images will also be accompanied by tag clouds to capture the individual responses to the images.
"We’re keen for other Flickr users and visitors to get involved and get inspired by photography by discussing the choices and adding their own tags online. Those interested are invited to follow the Curate the Collection group on Flickr and share their thoughts." says Emma McLean from the National Maritime Museum.
This is just one of Bronwen’s active research projects around how Flickr Commons supports community engagement and making sense of the photographic collections. She’ll be taking this project forward through working with the Washington Library of Congress and Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums to explore their Flickr Commons collections.
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