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How to Simplify Flickr Photo Attribution

We’ve long been fans of Flickr here at ProfHacker. For example, it’s where we get most of the lead images for our posts and we’ve recommended using Flickr photos to make better slides for presentations. A great feature of Flickr is the wealth of images that have been licensed for re-use — thank you, Creative Commons! — but many people will re-use the Flickr images they find without providing the necessary attribution. This is not cool (and often a violation of the license under which the image …


Managing Photos on Flickr

A Flicker (bird) on FlickrA lot of us here at ProfHacker have been using Flickr for quite a while. I like it well enough that I used to subscribe to Flickr Pro for the extra storage space, though I dropped the subscription when Flickr gave everyone a full terabyte of storage. I keep my personal photos there, as well as photos that I use for this blog. Every once in a while I have occasion to take a snapshot of the whiteboard in my classroom and share it with my students on our course website, and Flickr’s handy for that,…


Fed Up with Flickr? Considering TroveBox

oldphotosFor a long time, the photo hosting & sharing site Flickr has been instrumental to my work, both online and off. Four years ago I wrote about how we use Flickr and Creative Commons to find pictures for the blog, and just this spring I shared some tips from Brian and George about how to use Flickr to make better slides. But Yahoo! does tend to hate it’s most dedicated users, and the recent ad-driven redesign has a lot of people casting about for alternatives to Flickr.

I learned about TroveBox (fo…


Five Ways to Use Flickr to Make Better Slides

Although Yahoo! has tried its level best to destroy it, and despite the arrival of other photo sharing sites, Flickr is still the easiest way to share and find quality images, whether for web sites or for slide decks. I’ve written before about how we use Flickr’s Creative Commons search abilities to find pictures for ProfHacker.

Recent ProfHacker-themed talks with George and Brian helped me pick up some new tips for working with Flickr, particularly to produce slides. (The slides from Brian’s an…


Find Free Images Quickly With Compfight

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Creative Commons licensed photos are a sort of internet miracle: By providing an easily-understood syntax for attribution and permissions, they make it possible to add visual interest to blog posts, web sites, syllabuses, presentations–anything you like, really. They also facilitate remixes and other forms of creative adaptation (or deformation), which can be useful in a wide variety of teaching and research contexts.

We’ve written about Flickr & Creative Commons before: I explained how to do…


Academics and Social Media: #mla11, Free WiFi, and the Question of Inclusion

photoFollowing the previous annual meeting of the Modern Language Association, we ran a post titled “Academics and Social Media: #mla09 and Twitter” here at ProfHacker. This year, you should consider what follows a companion piece to that post.

If you asked me to describe my experience of the 2011 meeting of the Modern Language Association, I would perhaps quote this famous utterance from writer William Gibson: “The future is here. It’s just not evenly distributed yet.” Sure, the conference has its own Twitter hashtag ( #mla11), its own unofficial Flickr pool of photos, a few dozen Delicious bookmarks, and an official YouTube channel for the Narrating Lives project.

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Where All the Purty Pictures Come From: Flickr + Creative Commons

We consistently get comments about the pictures associated with the posts on ProfHacker, and so I thought it might be worth a quick post explaining where they come from. ProfHacker images almost always come from Flickr, the amazing photo hosting and sharing service, and we use photos that have something called a Creative Commons license. In this post, I’ll say a bit about both of these, and then show how we find the photos we use. (Hopefully that won’t spoil the magic, or anything. But yo…