Flickr for Connecting

By now, most people who have moved to a digital camera has more than likely uploaded photos to share with others online. Or you’ve received those emails from others: “View my photos at….” and maybe even grumbled because THAT site wasn’t the one you’d already signed into, so you knew you were in for YET ANOTHER login and password. So when a friend grumbled to me recently, “Why aren’t you using your Flickr account to share these…I hate logging in to ANOTHER site,” I was forced to reach into the deep recesses of my memory. Did I have a Flickr account??

Once I dug up that info and complied with her request, I started clicking around in Flickr. Oh boy, was this a vast ocean!

A search lists 1,415 groups with the word ‘volunteer’ in their names and descriptions.

Now, it had never really dawned on me how an organization might use Flickr to create a community. Sure, I saw the value in upload photos for supporters or as a storage place. But connecting around photos gives social networking a whole new aspect!

Here’s an example of a group, where you can start discussions and make contacts.
Here’s an example of how Amnesty is marketing a special project.
Here’s how Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans is encouraging volunteers to share photos of their rebuilding experience.

Granted, moving people from ‘joining’ to volunteering or contributing is a whole ‘nother task, but there’s some easy ways to get started exploring on this one:
– Start a Flickr account for yourself and upload a few pics.
– Create an account or even a group for your organization, and start a discussion about a hot topic in your domain. How about this one: Food banks are running low on food in these tightening economic times–how about a group of pics of food, and then engaging people in a discussion about hunger & what to do about it?

The way this works is that users are online searching for groups by keyword. That’s how they find you. And that’s a discussion for another day….


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One response to “Flickr for Connecting

  1. heidical

    Here’s a list of 10 cool examples:

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