I’ve been using Flickr for a few months now, and I have really enjoyed it. My favorite feature is the ability to add meta data to photos (even if it is only in a flash interface) but there are several features that many may hold above that. Overall I have had a very pleasant experience, and they recently sent me an notice thanking me for being an early adopter.
I thought this was pretty nice of them, but of course I have a complaint. Flickr allows you to add tags to your photos, put your photos in sets, or put your photos in groups (shared), all of which can be hyperlinked to. Now I like both features, but the issue I have is with the sets. Flickr’s behavior has seemed to only encourage use of the tags instead of sets, since it seems that only tags are searchable (I could be wrong about this). I guess its nice for Flickr to offer multiple ways to categorize your data, but I think it’s a limitation since you can’t count on one way to search for photos.
I propose that Flickr change sets up to be expanded tags, such as
While I’m throwing complaints around, should give a few complements as well. I love that Flickr provides RSS feeds for just about everything. It brings my cold heart joy when I go into Bloglines and see a picture like this in my “poop” subscription. As far as creativity with Flickr’s features goes, Clockworks has done a group pool to try and capture the different faces of the clocks, which I thought was a pretty good idea. I uploaded a shot of the Kitty Kat Clock and submitted it, but no go. I think they were looking for rounder clocks, but I really think the clock is funny. There have also been plenty of people combining Google Map’s new satellite features and Flickr’s notes to make memory maps, also an interesting idea. Kind of enforces the parallel between blogging and scrap booking (shiver).