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Getting Social

July 19, 2008 by debbie T | Digital PhotographyFlickrInternetMac CornerWeb Development

I have had accounts at all the cool social networking sites, like Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, MySpace and Zooomr to name a few.

I have never really had the time or desire to participate with any of these networks, except for Flickr. But with all the talk (and rumors) of the downfall of Flickr, I decided to mess around with Zooomr.

When I signed up with Zooomr almost a year ago, I didn’t mesh with it, but this time, I guess it stuck, because I am totally addicted.

The addiction to Zooomr, lead to another look at Twitter, and I have set up auto updates to Twitter from Zooomr.

I have never thought of myself as a chatter, but this is actually kind of fun. I like the quick moving feel of Zooomr and the community aspect is very fun.

If you are a Zooomr member, would you like to “follow” me?

More on my thoughts on Zooomr at a later date.

Ipernity

February 3, 2008 by debbie T | Art and GraphicsDigital PhotographyFlickrInternet

Due to the impending doom of a Microsoft takeover of Yahoo and Flickr, I have been checking out other online photo sharing “communities”

I just found Ipernity, and hey, this could be an interesting alternative to Flickr. I will be checking it out for a few days. We’ll see how it compares in the long run, but so far it is VERY Flickrish!

http://www.ipernity.com/

Visit my Ipernity page: http://www.ipernity.com/home/debbiet/

I have a feeling that community sites like this will become much more popular in the very near future. Flickr members are in a panic and will be diligently searching for alternatives. I really hope Microsoft doesn’t take over Yahoo!!!

UPDATE: After playing in Ipernity for a couple of hours, I can honestly say I am enjoying myself, and this could have some potential as a Flickr replacement, at least for me.

What I like:
It looks and acts A LOT like Flicker. Groups have pools, the photo pages look the same, favorites are the same, there’s even Explored photos. But there are a few bits that are even better than Flickr. For one, there is an option to add video, blog posts. I also find the interface a bit more detailed. It is easy to track who is visiting your photo stream.

As for the upload process, it isn’t as easy as uploading from iPhoto, but there is an upload downloader (based on jUploadr):
http://www.ipernity.com/tour/iperupload

Fun Greasemonkey scripts to make life at Ipernity similar to Flickr: http://www.ipernity.com/apps/gm

Some favs:

Easy Photo Post
Import Flickr photos (either in full, or one at a time)
Add Referrer into Comments
IpernityFox – photo sidebar viewer similar to flickrfox.

I have found some interesting groups, uploaded a few photos, and time will tell if I will convert fully over to Ipernity. One big thing that is missing in Ipernity, is all my Flickr friends. Who knows, maybe eventually we all will be moving over to Ipernity or another online photo community!

Microsoft Trying to Take Over Yahoo (Flickr)

February 3, 2008 by debbie T | FlickrInternet

Microsoft is trying to take over Yahoo.

Microsoft & Flickr?? Oh no!

Whether it’s a hostile takeover or not, this is something I am not happy about. As it is, Yahoo seems to neglect proper upkeep of Flickr. If Microsoft takes over Yahoo, I don’t want to think what they will do to Flickr.

I don’t care about Yahoo Mail or Search engine, but the community at Flickr is unmatched by no other photo sharing site.

I can easily upload my photos using the iPhoto Flickr plugin. I have made so many wonderful friends at Flickr. If Microsoft makes negative changes, I will be very sad. I know it sounds a bit pathetic that I could be so addicted and affected by a website, but it really is a fun community. And unfortunately, there really is no other place to go.

I really hope the purchase doesn’t go through, but truthfully, I can’t see it NOT going through….so hold on Flickr users, it is going to be a bumpy ride!

Online Resources to Check Out:

Happy New Year

December 29, 2007 by debbie T | Digital PhotographyFlickrRamblings

Feather in the Snow

My New Year’s Resolution(s):

  1. Take many more photos, and learn a bit more about the advanced features of my XTi camera.
  2. I have plans for a few new articles, and I hope to update the SoS script – removing and adding a few groups.
  3. And the boring hope that I can make time to be healthier. Exercising, eating better, blah blah blah

Thanks everyone for all your visits this year!!! I hope everyone has a happy and healthy New Year!

Drop It!

November 1, 2007 by debbie T | Digital PhotographyFlickr

I had to snap a photo of our nephew’s tshirt.

Drop It!!!

It cracks me up, how cute the cartoon is, because it reminds me of our dog Mindy! And also it cracks me up that the photo made Flickr Explore (Daily Top 500) #138.

Macros and Portraits

October 22, 2007 by debbie T | Digital PhotographyFlickr

I am loving my new Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens. It is rarely off the XTi these days. I have been shooting EVERYTHING.

Here are two of my recent favorites (click the thumbnail for a closer look at my flickr page):

Another Mystery Plant

(Don’t you just love the lips in the middle of the plant!?)

and My Mindy – the 100mm lens is not just a macro lens, but a portrait lens too.

Mindy Tilts

SOS – Invites & Comments for Flickr

October 11, 2007 by debbie T | Digital PhotographyFirefox BrowserFlickr

The SOS – Invites & Comments for Flickr is a special Greasemonkey script for Firefox browser users. When installed, the script creates two drop down menus to post various Flickr group "invite" and "vote" html codes into photo comments.

It is based on the original SIC script, which I found it to be very helpful. Unfortunately, the script didn’t include some of my favorite group codes, and some of the existing code was out of date.

So, I decided to edit the script to fit my needs better, adding more group codes and updating the existing ones. After testing it for a few weeks, I am ready to share it with other Flickr users.

Learn more about my SOS – Invites & Comments for Flickr script.

Extending Flickr Experience With Firefox

September 29, 2007 by debbie T | Digital PhotographyFirefox BrowserFlickr

I have been using Flickr for years, but just recently I have become much more active in the community. I have found a few tools that have made my experience at Flickr much more efficient.

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Photo Sharing: Posting a Link to Your Photo

September 5, 2007 by debbie T | Digital PhotographyFlickrPicasa 2

So you found the perfect Photo Sharing site, and now you want to post your photos on a blog, in a forum message, or on another web site. Most photo sharing sites make it very easy.

This tutorial will show you how it’s done using Flickr, Picasa Web, and WebShots. If you are using a different photo sharing site, the instructions will probably be very similar. Just take a peek around that site’s interface.

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Flickr Explore Top 100

September 3, 2007 by debbie T | Digital PhotographyFlickr

the Basin in Franconia Notch State Park - NH

I made #84 in Flickr’s Top 500 Explore (Interestingness) for September 1, 2007. Yay!

This was my first water long exposure; love the new Canon XTi – there are so many more cool things I can do with a dSLR. I never imagined!