Flickr lights up your Blackberry, in case you didn’t know, is an online photo repository, now part of Yahoo, and an incredibly popular site for sharing photos, creating galleries, linking to your blog and websites.

It is the often overlooked little web 2.0 tool you need for your business.

Adding your photos to Flickr

First step: Get your photos into the service. If you’re not keen on downloading a piece of software, Flickr lets you upload six individual photos at a time. This might work for some weekend shots, but if you’ve got more than 20 shots it’s worth trying out the batch uploader. We recommend using the downloader software, or if you’ve got Yahoo’s Widgets Engine installed, the latest version comes with a widget that doubles as a photo viewer and uploading tool.

Tagging and organizing. Once your photos have been uploaded, you don’t need to rely on titles or folders to sort them, as you do with most other sharing sites. Instead you use tags: short identifiers you can later use to categorize and search for photos. Sorting by tags lets you create sets on the fly–of just your pictures, or yours plus the community’s.

Geotagging. Geotagging is a special method of tagging photos with their location. To geotag any photo, just click “Place this photo on a map” under the Additional information box on the right-hand side of your photograph. This will pull up a new interface with a large map. The easiest way to add the location is to type it into the search box in the top right-hand corner. The built-in search isn’t as forgiving as your average search engine, so if you can’t remember the address, try looking it up on Google and pasting it in. Once you’ve found your spot, just drag your photo from the bottom of the screen to where the map pointer is.

Sets on top, collections on bottom. Collections are just groups of sets, clumped together.

Sets. There are a few ways to create a set, the easiest is clicking the Add to set button on top of any photo. Flickr will show you a drop-down list of any other sets you’ve created, along with an option on the top that lets you create a new set. Give it a name and a description and you’re done. If you want to add multiple photos to a set, click the Organize button on the top menu on any page on Flickr, then select, “Your sets and collections.” Pick whatever set you want to add your photos to or make a new one. All your photos reside on the bottom of the screen, so scroll around to find the ones you want and just drag and drop them in the large area above. When you’re done, just click Save.

Collections. Flickr introduced this feature recently, and it allows users to put several sets together into one group. This would come in handy if you went on vacation, as you could create individual sets for each location, and then group them together as a collection.

Sharing. Flickr is all about sharing. The reason it has tagging and notating features is so other people can find and make sense of your photos. Flickr gives you quite a few sharing options, but maybe the handiest is the embed option, which lets you paste thumbnail previews into forums, blogs, and social networking profiles such as MySpace.

Post Pics Directly to Flickr With Your Blackberry
Download the Flickr® Uploader for BlackBerry® smartphones to snap and share your photos.1,2,3 Delivering the same uploading and geotagging features as the desktop version, Flickr Uploader for BlackBerry smartphones is your instant, portable photo album.

Newbie’s Guide to Flickr




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