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Schedule for Photophlow Gatherings

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We’ve had a couple of photophlow get-togethers centered around selecting photos in our Flickr pool for the weekly PhotoDumps. I think we’re getting better at this, but the number of images submitted to the pool increases each week too. This last meeting on Sunday lasted four hours and we didn’t even get through all the images! The guys at photophlow are working hard to get us some new features to make this easier, but regardless of the tools we have I think we’ll have to split up the session to twice per week.

This will allow us to get through the photos a little easier, plus we can stagger the times so that everybody around the globe can join in on at least one session. Here’s what I’m proposing as standard weekly meeting times:

9PM PST (GMT-8), EVERY WEDNESDAY

You can check this time conversion to see what time it will be in your timezone.

9AM PST (GMT-8), EVERY SUNDAY

You can check this time conversion to see what time it will be in your timezone.

We’ll run things the same as the last session, with the voting and such. I think that worked out well, and it puts the photo selection in the hands of the community rather than just mine. Basically, I run the slideshow, we talk about the photo, I give a signal, and everybody votes. Anything that gets at least a 50% vote will be featured on the PhotoDump blog post. On average we had 5-7 active people in the room during the last session, so it only took 3 or 4 votes to get the photo accepted. The more people we have involved, the more interesting it gets

At some point (if we continue to do this) we’ll have to split up the meeting time into more sessions, so my hope is that the wonderful team at photophlow can develop some nifty tools for us to run this thing on a more semi-automated basis. My ideal situation would involve a voting system that would enable you guys to run this thing yourselves in the event that I can’t make it to the session. So we’ll see what comes down the pipe, but for now we’ll continue on as we have.

I’d also like to hear some thoughts from people who have participated in these things. Is it worth the time and effort? Are you gaining anything from it? What can we do better?

Come Hang Out With Me at photophlow

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Here’s an announcement for anybody interested in having a little social gathering this Saturday (01-12-2008). I’ve been messing with photophlow for a little while now, and I think that it’s the perfect place to get together and interact.

More specifically, I was thinking about using photophlow to go through our Flickr group images in the pool as I make my selections for the weekly PhotoDump. The interface is perfect for wading through lots of photos, so I figure I’ll give it a try. I’m inviting anybody out there with access to photophlow to join me as I go through the photos, add my favorites, make my selections, and leave my comments. As I go through the photos, I encourage others to make comments or chat about them too. So here’s what I’m thinking:

7PM PST (GMT-8), SATURDAY JANUARY 12

I’ll probably show up to our group room about 15-30 minutes early to chat about whatever with whoever else shows up early. But at 7:00, I’m going to start running through the images. We usually have quite a few images each week, so it takes some time to go through them all. You can stay as long as you’d like, or you can leave early — it’s up to you.

For those who don’t know what photophlow is, you can read up on it at the following links.

This get-together is extremely experimental on my part and I’m slightly hesitant about it. I don’t want to hear any belly-aching if I don’t pick your photo or add a star to it! You guys need to understand that I’ve got upwards of probably 150-200 images to sort through and reduce down to 30 or 40. So try not to give me too much of a hard time about my selection process, otherwise I’ll go back to doing it solo!

Other than that little tidbit, I hope to see many of you in the room with me and I look forward to some fun and insightful discussions! If things go well, maybe we can do this every week or every other week. We might even shift the times around so the same people aren’t left out each week due to time differences.