Flickr Adds Twitter Support: Get Started in 2 Minutes

flickr2twitter.jpgFlickr has finally added support for Twitter, which means that you can send uploaded photos to Twitter using the Blog This link in the top right of the photo page on Flickr, or you can email photos directly to your Twitter stream. The URL gets shortened with the URL shortening service, so you’ll see exactly what you’ll click on, and it certainly seems to work well enough. [Read more…]

Flickr Founders Jump Ship

This has got to hurt. Yahoo have lost Flickr founders Caterina Fake, who left last Friday, and Steward Butterfield, who’ll be leaving on July 12, according to a report on TechCrunch. When reading this, I quickly surfed to Valleywag with hopes of some juicy rumors or just plain fun nastiness, but alas, they make a poor pun on the fact that it took the husband/wife Flickr founder team less time to give birth to a baby, than to get the video features rolling.

Nothing on the Flickr blog either, but I did find this photo, at least that’s something.

The Dangers of Offloading Images

Previous on my site, I discussed the benefits of embedding images into your blog rather than hosting them yourself.

But while there are many reasons to embed your images, there are also reasons to think twice before doing so. Posting your images on a third party site, such as Flickr, PhotoBucket or Webshots provides you some protections, but also costs you some rights. By introducing a third party into the equation, you subject yourself to a whole new set of licensing terms, some of which may cost you dearly.

That’s why, before uploading your image or other media to your favorite hosting site, it is worthwhile to take a moment and understand what rights you are giving up and decide if it truly is worth it. [Read more…]

Digital Fingerprints For Images: Detecting Image Theft for Free

Photobloggers, typically, have a much more difficult time detecting misuse of their content than writers.

This is because the Internet was built first and foremost for sharing text, and nowhere is this more clear than when we search for something on the Web. It doesn’t matter if we’re doing an image or video search, we’re using text to describe what we want and locating it based upon descriptions and tags.

Though this is very effective for delivering us types of content, it doesn’t work as well for finding duplicates. Once a photo is copied, content creators have little control what text is attached to it or appears around it.

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