What if Flickr fails? Doc Searls describes the disadvantages of centralization. The pendulum starts to swing the other way.
Photos are awesome. I’ve been meaning to set up a dedicated photoblog for quite a while now so that I could help contribute to the wider pool of imagery on the web. It was going to be a WordPress install with a super minimalist theme, functionality to pull out EXIF and other photo metadata, and even use a custom plugin for posting from Tweetie using the TwitPic API. Media assets would be portable throughout the web with oEmbed. All of my data would be structured, on my server, and completely under my control.
Alas, this is a project yet to be completed. The long-awaited iPhone 4 arrived a couple of weeks ago, and I wanted a functional solution right away. Thankfully, Flickr holds the same libertarian data portability views as I do. They also have a slick iPhone application where I can add metadata to my heart’s content.
Feel free to track my world in pictures.
Last January, I was invited to photograph Focus the Nation Live! at Chiles Center. After the event, I posted the images on Flickr, with the assumption that they would be valuable to someone at sometime in the future.
They were, as it turns out. In the most recent issue, E/The Environmental Magazine uses the image above in an article titled, “Activism: Environmental Education.” Quite sweet to have at least one be used, and I now have another clip for my portfolio.
ColaLife is a “campaign to try and leverage the distribution muscle of a multi-national corporate institution to get life saving medicines to children in developing countries.” In short, to convince the Coca-Cola Corporation that it is worthwhile to distribute rehydration salts through their robust and well-developed delivery network, apparently a weakness of most non-governmental organizations. Those spearheading the ColaLife campaign, to my understanding, have focused their advocacy efforts largely online, using a Flickr Group, a Facebook Group, and a Twitter account to raise awareness, organize people, and spread the word. Coverage in traditional media is also a goal, obviously, but it’s interesting for me to watch, among with other reasons, because I think this “social internet” now has the critical mass necessary to be used as catalyst for a singular goal. ColaLife, in my opinion, could be a ground breaking test case.
As a plus, I’ve finally found a good cause for a random series of images I took while in Peru last summer. Sweet, huh?
I’m a finalist! The UO Outdoor Program has a photography contest every year for which I managed to get my act together and submit a few entries. Although I’m pretty sure I sent in four, three of the photos made it into the top picks of their respective categories:
- Thanksgiving in Bend in Action/Adventure
- Illumination Rock in Landscapes
- Surfers at Sunset in People in the Outdoors
And I didn’t really notice this until today, but UO OP has uploaded all of the entries to Flickr. It’s very neat to see what I’ve been competing against. On top of that, I’m super honored to have been selected amongst some really good entries.
The winners will be unveiled at 1730 in the EMU Aperture Gallery on 29 January 2008. Might have to skip out on night skiing for this.