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Join the Epic Edits Facebook Fan Club

[tweetmeme]Alright… I FINALLY got this thing going after a long period of procrastination. Epic Edits is officially on Facebook.

I’ve been on Facebook for quite a while with my personal profile, but I’m just not getting around to making a page for Epic Edits. I’m still figuring out how to set it up and what to put there, so what you see now is only a starting point.

I have to admit that I don’t really “get” the Facebook pages, but I’m sure I’ll figure it out soon enough. I suppose it’s useful for the folks that spend a good deal of time on Facebook keeping up with their friends and favorite websites. I can also see the Facebook page being another good place to have conversations on the topic of photography.

As of now, I have the following things set up on the Facebook page:

  • Full Posts: Hopefully this will work the way I expect it to… I’m pulling the full posts from the RSS feed and posting them as “notes”. So you can basically read the entire articles right there on Facebook, “comment” on the articles (in the Facebook realm), and “like”/”share” articles with your own network of friends.
  • Discussions: We don’t have a general forum here on the blog, so maybe the Facebook page can serve as a basic discussion forum if you have any questions or thoughts to share with other readers or myself.
  • Flickr Photos: Just as I do on the blog, I’ll be showing off the most recent Flickr photos (small square thumbnails only) on the Facebook page so other readers can click through and check out the pool.

I’m kind of new to this Facebook page stuff, and I don’t really know what else needs to be present. So…

I COULD USE SOME SUGGESTIONS…

For those of you that use Facebook to follow along with your favorite blogs, what other features/items would you like to see on our page? Could you drop a link to other well-done pages?

For those of you that have Facebook pages of your own, what applications should I check out? It seems like there are so many of them, it’s hard to tell what works best.

And for the blog design, I’m thinking of making some minor changes to integrate the Twitter and Facebook buttons more naturally. I’m considering taking out the “related posts” and “share this” items directly below the post and replacing that space with some small buttons for sharing via Twitter, Facebook, and one or two others. I’ve got the WordPress plugin for Tweetmeme, but there seems to be a ton of options out there for Facebook — which one works the best for Facebook “like” and/or “share” buttons? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!

AND AGAIN, VISIT THE EPIC EDITS PAGE ON FACEBOOK!

Social Networking for Shooters: How to Stay Engaged With the Pro and Hobbyist Photo Communities

[tweetmeme]About the author: Stephanie Weber directs communications, among other responsibilities, at DigiLabs Pro and regularly engages with colleagues and customers on its blog, Facebook and Twitter feeds.

It seems social networking is on the lips of the young and old, professional and student, casual observers and fast-track hipsters. By all accounts, social networks help all of us stay connected with current events and topics of conversation while also helping businesses market their wares.

Yet a surprising number of professional photographers still ask us at DigiLabs Pro “Is social networking really worth it?” Our answer is a resounding, “ABSOLUTELY.”

WHY DO IT

Here are some of the reasons why photographers should engage in social networking:

  • It’s social: You’re missing the party if you don’t interact with customers or peers online. Facebook in February 2010 announced its number of users had ballooned to 400 million, making it the second only to Google as the most visited site on the Web. A few months later, Twitter shared that it has more than 105 million registered users. It hasn’t reached its peak yet as both of those figures are growing daily.
  • It’s live: Business marketing consultant John Jantsch likens the ROI of social networking to that of attending live professional networking events. “You don’t measure participation based on direct sales, you measure success based on identifying one potential strategic partner, acquiring one actionable bit of advice, or striking up a conversation or two that may eventually lead to developing a new customer,” he says. Many marketers also consider it a form of word-of-mouth advertisement, with real customers referring or introducing friends and family to various businesses.
  • It’s a network: Social networking enables you to easily stay in touch with a broad friend or customer base at regular intervals. Staying involved in your contacts’ lives will not only increase the potential for future interactions or business dealings but can also become a great source for valuable referrals.
  • It’s cheap: Engaging in social networks, by virtue of being online, are some of the most cost-effective marketing programs you can do for your photo business. It only costs you your time. And, anyone, photo novice or veteran, can jump into the social media conversation within minutes.
  • It boosts your rankings in web searches: For organic searches (search engine optimization, or SEO), linking and relevancy is king. The more people talking about you in social networks, the more relevant you are to the search engines.

HOW TO DO IT

Convinced of social media’s value, but aren’t sure where to start looking for other visually-minded folks like yourself? Here are some ideas to bring social networking into focus:

  • Know that Facebook and Twitter are not the only games in town. Check out these alternatives or search for a NING site by topic of interest. You’re likely familiar with Flickr for photo sharing and You Tube for video sharing, but you can also use these sites to share comments with others to start new conversations.
  • Comment or post on your friends’, acquaintances’ and clients’ Facebook pages or tweets. Don’t spam them; that is a sure way to turn them off as potential connections. Instead, make relevant comments or complement them on the activities going on in their lives. Make sure the content is relevant and timely.
  • Stay active in online community forums such as at Photo.net, DigitalWeddingForum.com or PopPhoto.com. This will increase your exposure and keep you up-to-date with what is going on in the industry while also gaining access to unfiltered feedback of everyday photographers.
  • It is a careful balance of personal and professional, but above all, be yourself. Creating a personal relationship is vital for a photographer whose interest and job is to capture someone’s most personal and intimate moments.
  • Keep your updates fresh and interesting by posting and updating them often. This will help with gaining loyal followers, friends and fans.
  • Check out social media guru Chris Brogan’s “Best Advice About Social Networking.” Among his pearls of wisdom are: be friendly and inclusive, seek to be helpful always and say thank you often. (Great advice for life in general, isn’t it?)

BEST BLOGGING PRACTICES

Blogging Research Wordle
Creative Commons License photo credit: Kristina B

Perhaps interacting on established social networks is not your thing. You can easily share your own thoughts on photography and images via your own blog. The Internet is filled with guides for getting started blogging, including helpful tips from Microsoft and Google. When you blog, think about how you can improve your organic search rankings by infusing your writings with relevant keywords you want your readers to associate with you (i.e., “photojournalism,” “nature photography,” etc.) and link those keywords back to your site.

Another element of interaction can arise if you comment on other shooters’ blogs. Most blogs have a form for you to share your own thoughts on their posts. Keep in mind, it won’t help with your organic search listings as many blogging systems have “no follow” tags, but your relevant comments could help drive word of mouth.

You can link to particularly thought-provoking pieces by sharing them on your Twitter, Facebook or other feeds. Some of our favorite photographer-bloggers, including Ben Chrisman, Erin Henssion and Jasmine Star among many others, really infuse their posts with their unique personalities while discussing the special subjects or conditions in which they’ve been taking pictures recently.

Connect The Dots
Creative Commons License photo credit: queefette

CONNECT THE SOCIAL DOTS

No matter which avenue you chose, make sure your networking activities are connected. When you post a new blog, make sure to tweet about it and post it on your Facebook. If you are a hobbyist, you’ll find you’ll naturally make more connections if folks have more avenues to connect with you. If you are a business, add your Facebook, Twitter and blog links, to your email marketing activities and to your website to help boost incremental sales and new referrals.

As a photographer, you can only benefit from the ideas and referrals sure to come your way from engaging with your peers and potential clients.

About the author: Stephanie Weber directs communications, among other responsibilities, at DigiLabs Pro and regularly engages with colleagues and customers on its blog, Facebook and Twitter feeds.

80 Photographers + 36 Networks = 257 Connections

We had a great response to the mini-project I announced last week on the topic of social networking and social photography. It’s always great to follow and connect with people of similar interests on the social networks, and as photographers we all have a lot in common. Personally, I’m far more included to accept contact with people on these networks if I know they’re a photographer — and from what I can tell, most of the links you guys provided were totally on-topic.

I was really amazed at how many different networks we’re a part of — some that I hadn’t even heard of before. All of the links left in the comments of the project post are listed below, separated by the network/website (most popular first) and listed in the order that they were received. If you’re part of these networks, check out these fellow photographers. And if you’re not a part of these networks, now is a good time to get started!

Enjoy the links folks, and go make some friends! (and let me know if I’ve messed up any of the links or left any out).

FLICKR

http://www.flickr.com/brianauer
http://www.flickr.com/c3l5o
http://www.flickr.com/happybokeh
http://www.flickr.com/jannem
http://www.flickr.com/robertkneschke
http://www.flickr.com/pfenya
http://www.flickr.com/gregorwinter
http://www.flickr.com/ctatunderground
http://www.flickr.com/geopirat
http://www.flickr.com/justinkorn
http://www.flickr.com/openorigins
http://www.flickr.com/mikereys
http://www.flickr.com/pawoli
http://www.flickr.com/lilwolfpro
http://www.flickr.com/pattyhankins
http://www.flickr.com/scottcoulter
http://www.flickr.com/emilyandbrian
http://www.flickr.com/cfarrugia
http://www.flickr.com/sneuweger
http://www.flickr.com/macmoov
http://www.flickr.com/sduffy
http://www.flickr.com/piston9
http://www.flickr.com/dneez
http://www.flickr.com/kerryokra
http://www.flickr.com/libeco18
http://www.flickr.com/vandyll
http://www.flickr.com/visuellegedanken
http://www.flickr.com/aquaamber
http://www.flickr.com/laanba
http://www.flickr.com/bestgramps
http://www.flickr.com/mgroves84
http://www.flickr.com/damienfranco
http://www.flickr.com/phlyersphan
http://www.flickr.com/electro76
http://www.flickr.com/hurworld
http://www.flickr.com/lightbin
http://www.flickr.com/civellophoto
http://www.flickr.com/dbcohen
http://www.flickr.com/kellsta
http://www.flickr.com/demiphotography
http://www.flickr.com/koltregaskes
http://www.flickr.com/guatemalaholla
http://www.flickr.com/borist
http://www.flickr.com/xgray
http://www.flickr.com/ajlmarques
http://www.flickr.com/brdavids
http://www.flickr.com/essjayt
http://www.flickr.com/picturefades
http://www.flickr.com/rchr
http://www.flickr.com/ctarda
http://www.flickr.com/rexlisman
http://www.flickr.com/the_wolf_brigade
http://www.flickr.com/mustanir
http://www.flickr.com/rejectreality
http://www.flickr.com/dpihac
http://www.flickr.com/25636851@N03
http://www.flickr.com/stachelpferdchen
http://www.flickr.com/eyermonkey
http://www.flickr.com/slacker-photos
http://www.flickr.com/spencer_hughes
http://www.flickr.com/amenthes
http://www.flickr.com/jonathanenns
http://www.flickr.com/neilcreek
http://www.flickr.com/jdsphoto
http://www.flickr.com/snevs
http://www.flickr.com/coryobrien
http://www.flickr.com/j-dot
http://www.flickr.com/mgnphotography
http://www.flickr.com/bryanvillarin
http://www.flickr.com/jacobsdad
http://www.flickr.com/_peteej_
http://www.flickr.com/groups/1001noisycameras

TWITTER

http://twitter.com/auer1816
http://twitter.com/c3l5o
http://twitter.com/pawoli
http://twitter.com/Cecilerudd
http://twitter.com/PattyHankins
http://twitter.com/sneuweger
http://twitter.com/MacMoov

http://twitter.com/sduffyphotos

http://twitter.com/jerrydeese
http://twitter.com/visualthoughts
http://twitter.com/photine
http://twitter.com/bestgramps
http://twitter.com/mgroves84
http://twitter.com/damienfranco
http://twitter.com/phlyersphan
http://twitter.com/Frances17033
http://twitter.com/mathewballard
http://twitter.com/koltregaskes
http://twitter.com/RWPhoto
http://twitter.com/ajlmarques
http://twitter.com/sijt
http://twitter.com/wolf_brigade
http://twitter.com/neilcreek
http://twitter.com/from10to300mm
http://twitter.com/coryobrien
http://twitter.com/bryan
http://twitter.com/fabfilippini
http://twitter.com/1001noisycamera

FRIENDFEED

http://friendfeed.com/auer1816
http://friendfeed.com/justinkorn
http://friendfeed.com/pawoli
http://friendfeed.com/lilwolfpro
http://friendfeed.com/pattyhankins
http://friendfeed.com/macmoov
http://friendfeed.com/sduffy
http://friendfeed.com/dneez
http://friendfeed.com/vandyll
http://friendfeed.com/damienfranco
http://friendfeed.com/phlyersphan
http://friendfeed.com/dbcohen
http://friendfeed.com/mathewballard
http://friendfeed.com/koltregaskes
http://friendfeed.com/amarques
http://friendfeed.com/neilcreek
http://friendfeed.com/from10to300mm
http://friendfeed.com/jdot
http://friendfeed.com/bryanvillarin
http://friendfeed.com/peteej
http://friendfeed.com/1001noisycameras

STUMBLEUPON

http://auer1816.stumbleupon.com
http://openorigin.stumbleupon.com
http://pawoli.stumbleupon.com
http://sneuweger.stumbleupon.com
http://sduffy.stumbleupon.com
http://dneez.stumbleupon.com
http://vandyll.stumbleupon.com
http://electro76.stumbleupon.com
http://bghouse.stumbleupon.com
http://koltregaskes.stumbleupon.com
http://ajlmarques.stumbleupon.com
http://neilcreek.stumbleupon.com
http://cory411.stumbleupon.com
http://1001noisycameras.stumbleupon.com

DEL.ICIO.US

http://del.icio.us/auer1816
http://del.icio.us/mreys
http://del.icio.us/pawoli
http://del.icio.us/damnilikethat
http://del.icio.us/PattyHankins
http://del.icio.us/sneuweger
http://del.icio.us/sduffy
http://del.icio.us/dneez
http://del.icio.us/visuellegedanken
http://del.icio.us/ACognitiveStateOfMind
http://del.icio.us/phlyersphan
http://del.icio.us/ccoenen/foto
http://delicious.com/allnarfedup
http://delicious.com/fabfilippini

DIGG

http://digg.com/users/auer1816
http://digg.com/users/pawoli
http://digg.com/users/sneuweger
http://digg.com/users/sduffy/
http://digg.com/users/dneez
http://digg.com/users/dtfranco
http://digg.com/users/phlyersphan
http://digg.com/users/Frances17033
http://digg.com/users/koltregaskes
http://digg.com/users/ajlmarques
http://digg.com/users/neilcreek
http://digg.com/users/didntyouhear
http://digg.com/users/1001noisycamera

FACEBOOK

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=734093046
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=529958473
http://www.new.facebook.com/people/Olivier_Bernard/681373809
http://www.new.facebook.com/profile.php?id=640225581
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=718060915
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=722976770
http://www.new.facebook.com/profile.php?id=595154777
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500011214
http://www.facebook.com/pages/DemiArts/17155054932
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=616897779
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Richard-Wong/25851171056
http://www.new.facebook.com/profile.php?id=3606547
http://www.new.facebook.com/pages/Avondale-AZ/Kate-Wall-Photography/8247099591

LINKEDIN

http://www.linkedin.com/in/epicedits
http://www.linkedin.com/in/mikereys
http://www.linkedin.com/in/pawoli
http://www.linkedin.com/in/macmoov
http://www.linkedin.com/in/shokanson
http://www.linkedin.com/in/francescivello
http://www.linkedin.com/profile?viewProfile=&key=26752564
http://www.linkedin.com/in/coryobrien

TECHNORATI

http://technorati.com/people/technorati/auer1816
http://technorati.com/people/technorati/joeyszy
http://technorati.com/people/technorati/sduffyphotos
http://technorati.com/people/technorati/Nielsp
http://technorati.com/people/technorati/dneez
http://technorati.com/people/technorati/bghouse
http://technorati.com/blogs/neil.creek.name/blog
http://technorati.com/blogs/1001noisycameras.blogspot.com

YOUTUBE

http://youtube.com/user/auer1816
http://youtube.com/user/mreys
http://youtube.com/user/sneuweger
http://youtube.com/user/sduffyphotos
http://youtube.com/user/phlyersphan
http://youtube.com/user/rwongphotodotcom
http://youtube.com/user/didntyouhear

MYBLOGLOG

http://www.mybloglog.com/buzz/members/BrianAuer/
http://www.mybloglog.com/buzz/members/pladijs/
http://www.mybloglog.com/buzz/members/pawoli/
http://www.mybloglog.com/buzz/members/DamnILikeThat/
http://www.mybloglog.com/buzz/members/Nielsp/
http://www.mybloglog.com/buzz/members/krizcpec
http://www.mybloglog.com/buzz/community/1001noisycameras/

PHOTOGRAPHYVOTER

http://photographyvoter.com/user.php?login=auer1816
http://photographyvoter.com/user.php?login=Nielsp
http://photographyvoter.com/user.php?login=housebg
http://photographyvoter.com/user.php?login=amarques
http://photographyvoter.com/user.php?login=neilcreek
http://photographyvoter.com/user.php?login=krizcpec

VARIOUS FORUMS

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/viewprofile.php?Action=viewprofile&username=Nielsp
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/postersprofile.asp?poster=hiilikiwhuik

http://www.odnoklassniki.ru/user/136944074598

http://digital-photography-school.com/forum/member.php?u=4347

http://forums.biorust.com/photopost/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=32298

PICTURESOCIAL

http://www.picturesocial.com/profile/Olivier
http://www.picturesocial.com/profile/bghouse
http://www.picturesocial.com/profile/SpencerHughes
http://www.picturesocial.com/profile/krizcpec

ZOOOMR

http://www.zooomr.com/photos/jerrydeese/
http://www.zooomr.com/people/damienfranco
http://www.zooomr.com/dbcohen
http://www.zooomr.com/photos/denunez/

PHOTRADE

http://www.photrade.com/portfolio.php?id=1617
http://www.photrade.com/phlyersphan
http://www.photrade.com/dbcohen
http://www.photrade.com/mathewballard

DEVIANTART

http://chica-x.deviantart.com
http://bizsumpark182.deviantart.com
http://stachelpferdchen.deviantart.com
http://johonbravo.deviantart.com

RANDOM OTHERS

http://www.blogcatalog.com/user/Nielsp
http://www.blogcatalog.com/user/dneez
http://www.blogcatalog.com/user/bghouse
http://www.plurk.com/user/pladys
http://www.plurk.com/koltregaskes
http://www.myspace.com/lilwolfpro
http://www.myspace.com/asthepicturefades
http://rrsimm.smugmug.com
http://cohoto.smugmug.com
http://www.pbase.com/zeming/profile
http://www.pbase.com/dux
http://www.redbubble.com/people/origin
http://www.last.fm/user/mreys
http://www.dopplr.com/traveller/pladijs

http://pownce.com/damienfranco/

http://www.cre8buzz.com/profiles/1550

http://www.myshutterspace.com/profile/bghouse
http://vimeo.com/dbcohen
http://vi.sualize.us/koltregaskes/
http://www.reverbnation.com/richardwong
http://www.photoportfolios.net/portfolio/pf.cgi?a=up&ns=1&pi=RWONGPHOTO
http://jpgmag.com/people/mlm
http://www.netvibes.com/1001noisycameras
http://reddit.com/user/1001noisycameras
http://www.mixx.com/users/noisycameras

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Mini-Project: Social Media Link-Up

sometimes, a hug is all what we need
Creative Commons License photo credit: kalandrakas

Those of you who follow ProBlogger know that Darren recently ran a small project called “The ProBlogger Social Media Love-In“. Essentially, he asked his readers to share their social media profiles so everybody could have the chance to connect. Well, I’d like to do something similar here on Epic Edits so we can all connect as photographers.

  • Are you part of a photo-sharing website such as Flickr or Zooomr?
  • Do you participate on other social media groups such as StumbleUpon, Digg, and Twitter?
  • Want to connect with other photographers?

If so, here’s you chance. All you have to do is read the rules below, and drop your links in a comment on this post. I’ll let this run for one week, then I’ll gather up all the links and post them in one (or more) articles. Before you leave your comment, be sure you read these rules:

THE RULES

  • Just copy the url of your profile to the comment, no need to use html links.
  • Limit your profiles to those that are photography-related. I don’t want to land on your Twitter page where you talk about nothing other than web marketing or real estate.
  • Don’t include your blog or photoblog — that’s not what this is about. Social media and photo-sharing sites only.
  • Don’t be shy. We’re all photographers, and we’re all part of the same community.
  • Include the phrase “Social Photography” in your comment if you want to ensure that the spam catcher won’t throw out your comment.

You can include things like Flickr, Zooomr, PBase, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Digg, del.icio.us, Plurk, Facebook, MySpace, FriendFeed, LinkedIn, YouTube, photographyVoter, Technorati, MyBlogLog, etc. Get the idea? Here are mine:

MY STUFF

http://www.flickr.com/photos/brianauer/
http://twitter.com/auer1816
http://auer1816.stumbleupon.com/about/
http://del.icio.us/auer1816
http://digg.com/users/auer1816
http://friendfeed.com/auer1816
http://youtube.com/user/auer1816
http://photographyvoter.com/user.php?login=auer1816
http://www.linkedin.com/in/epicedits
http://www.mybloglog.com/buzz/members/BrianAuer/
http://technorati.com/people/technorati/auer1816

Try to not go crazy and put a link to every network you’ve ever belonged to. Include the ones that you actively use and keep up on. Like I said, I’ll let this run for a week and I’ll probably turn the comments off after that. So let’s see it — where can we connect with you?

Social Photography Tips From Around the Web

Our (extended) group writing project has officially come to an end. Back in January, I posted the project requirements and guidelines. Over the course of the past two months, we’ve had 12 entries into the “Social Photography” portion of InspirationBit’s Social Media Mega Project.

Posted below are some excerpts from the 12 articles. Many of the entries were centered around Flickr, but there are a few that touch on other social sites and services. It’s always great to hear thoughts from other photographers on the websites that so many of us use. I’d encourage you to read through the articles linked below — the authors put quite a bit of effort into their writing and they’ve published some very useful and insightful information.

Social Media as I See It

Social Media as I See It

… The one that has had the biggest impact on me is http://www.strobist.blogspot.com or strobist.com. David Hobby has created a community with his site. He has selflessly shared his knowledge with all of us to improve our lighting. He unknowingly pushed me to challenge myself in areas I have always wanted to tread but didn’t know where to start…

Social Media In My Way

Social Media In My Way

… Flickr is not only a photo sharing tool. With the possibilities of commenting pictures, joining groups and participating in group discussions it is a lively scenery of photography related discussions… Jumpcut and Animoto are newcomers comparing to Flickr but it’s worth to keep an eye on them… photographyVoter.com- an other great social media example – is the Digg for photographers… I’m sure others leverage social media tools at a much higher level than I do. Some people are even making a life with and off them. And if you are one of those you can work location independently. But there is one thing to note: it is hard work and requires time…

Blog Writing Project

Blog Writing Project

… Flickr – it has caused me angst and confusion! I guess that’s not quite the opening you were expecting? Let me explain… The thing is, I didn’t “get” what Flickr was about. Being kinda new to the social web I’m not really “into” it, and nor it seems, are many of my friends and colleagues. My philosophy has tended to be that if I’ve got something that’s worth saying then I will, but otherwise I tend to look, not touch. Even on forums I tend to lurk. But that’s not what Flickr (and blogs) are all about…

Utilizing Flickr as a Photoblogging Tool

Utilizing Flickr as a Photoblogging Tool

… I happen to now host my images on Flickr… My favorite use of Flickr, however, is the ability to use it as a blogging tool. I have a photoblog for projects and I can dump my images onto Flickr then easily blog straight to my wordpress site… Using Flickr as a blogging tool has helped simplify my work-flow…

Help me flickr! I want to be a better photographer!

Help me flickr! I want to be a better photographer!

… By following this advice you can create an online portfolio of your best work… Restrict your uploads to one or two a day, but don’t feel like you have to upload something everyday… Haven’t shot anything recently, but still want to share some work? Cruise through your archives… Groups are probably one of the most important facets in your development… Spend time in the pools that most interest you. Comment on the photos in the pool. Insightful comments… While fav’s may reflect your moods to a certain degree, on a wider scale they reflect your aspirations…

Socializing

Socializing

… So I will share with you here MY experience with social websites, the ones I use, the one I love and the ones you could really help me make a change with!… Flickr offers unlimited storage and bandwidth so I use it to host various images/icons/logos that I use here… PhotographerVoter is a digg like community specialized in photography links! Luckily the people are much nicer than at digg… the most important part of socializing is not the social websites but it is rather to meet and make friends from readers and other photography bloggers…

photophlow: A Social Experience for Flickr Photographers

photophlow: A Social Experience for Flickr Photographers

… Photography is becoming an ever increasing social event with the onset of digital cameras, widespread Internet access, and great new websites springing up every time you turn around. Flickr has been a pillar community for photographers across the globe, and it’s an amazing place to share your work, view the work of others, and communicate with other photographers. But social media and other social websites have given us a taste of what it really means to connect with people who share common interests, and Flickr just isn’t cutting it (socially) for some of us. This is where photophlow comes in to play — adding a whole new level of social interaction to Flickr… photophlow is a mixture of several concepts and existing services…

Twist & shout!

Twist & shout!

… I looked at several services before opting for Shutterchance and my blog ‘eclectic’. Flickr seemed too huge with the number of ‘photographers’ and in some cases they seemed far too pompous! Zooomr was finding its feet – and still is; I wasn’t keen on the layout of Aminus3 and Blogger was a non-starter… I certainly felt most at home on Shutterchance…

Virtual community becoming real

Virtual community becoming real

… “Web 2.0″ is all about online community. But sometimes we want more. We want to meet the real people behind those avatars and icons. A small group of Ann Arbor photographers, first met on Flickr, has been meeting semi-regularly in person… We know each other online by our Flickr “handles”, such as Boston Wolverine and Capntoo. In person, we become Sam and Dave… our online community becomes a personal community, which in turn strengthens the online community…

Flickr is the key to my social photography experience

Flickr is the key to my social photography experience

… I joined Flickr in October 2006… I still kinda “lurked” around Flickr at first. I put a few photos up and spent hours viewing other people’s images… then I got a comment… then someone invited me to post a photo to a group… then someone added me as a contact… then someone asked to use one of my photos on their website… Before I knew it, I was an active member of the online photography community… My contribution back to the online photography community is to write posts on my own website; stumble photography posts and websites when I can; bookmark articles on del.icio.us and vote for articles on PhotographyVoter… Flickr is definitely the key to my social photography experience. In fact, if I had not discovered Flickr, I may still be “lurking” my way around the internet.

Things to Consider Before You Join a Flickr Pool

 Things to Consider Before You Join a Flickr Pool

… Photographers and Designers need a social media website that would help their artwork visually targeted. Flickr has the powerful tool to bring a visual masterpiece uncovered to the millions of viewers. If you’re a photographer or a designer who blog, why not starting out a Flickr pool?… Here are things to consider before you join a Flickr Pool… Create a nice screen name url… manage the usage rights… set the content type of your graphics… Watermark your photos with your blog URL… Tags your uploaded photos…

Social Media As A New Way Of Doing Business

Social Media As A New Way Of Doing Business

… It is easy to get overwhelmed by hundreds of various social networking sites… For some of us social media presented the ways to express ourselves, make friends, escape the troubles of the real world or simply feed our lifelong desire to learn. For others social media became the perfect tool in growing and conducting business…. I thought of interviewing Rastin Mehr, a successful entrepreneur, talented developer and an open source advocate… Flickr… My most favorite of all social networks that is. I’ve been using it for 2 years I think. I use it every hour as a way to reduce my stress, or trigger my imagination…

And remember to check back on InspirationBit in a few days if you want to see the results from ALL the different social networks and websites.

Social Photography Project Update

Just a quick update on the writing project going on right now. The master of ceremonies (Vivien from InspirationBit) has consulted all those hosting the mini-projects and we’ve decided that a deadline extension is in order.

NEW DEADLINE: MARCH 22, 2008

I’ve had 7 entries for this project on social photography, so there’s plenty of room left to participate! Also remember that there are 10 other hosts putting on similar writing projects for 18 other social networks. If you have ANY experience with those on the list presented at the main project page, don’t hesitate to participate in their projects too!

photophlow Article at Digital Photograpy School

A few days back I wrote a guest article at the digital Photography School called “photophlow: A Social Experience for Flickr Photographers“. If you aren’t a regular reader of the dPS, head over and check it out.

Also, I wrote the article as my own project entry for the Social Photography Project that’s still running. If you’re planning on participating, now is a good time to get it done. I’ve only had four project entries, so there’s still plenty of room at the top of the list! The project deadline is February 22.

Take a Moment and Give Me Some Love

OK, this is totally off topic and completely self-promotional. But hey, somebody’s gotta do it.

With the social photography project running right now, I just got to thinking about some of these networks and how they can be used to support your favorite bloggers. If you’re anything like me, you probably have a few social networks (and blogging networks if you’re a blogger) that you utilize from time to time. But also if you’re anything like me, you might forget to show your favorite sites and bloggers some love — not just the posts or articles, but the root site and the authors themselves.

WHAT AM I GETTING AT?

I guess what I’m saying is that I DO appreciate it when you guys share the love and help boost the authority of the blog. A higher authority can lead to more visitors, which can lead to more great community members, which can lead to more great discussions, which can lead to more interesting article ideas, which can lead to a higher level of enjoyment on your end. So you see, it’s really more about you than it is about me. I rarely, if ever, push this self-promotional stuff on anyone, so here’s my entitled once-a-year “give me some love” reminder for those of you involved with the following networks.

I heart FeedBurner

First and foremost, if you haven’t already subscribed to the feed and you use a feed reader, DO IT NOW. We bloggers love to see those subscriber numbers increase, plus it’s a great way for you to keep up with the daily happenings here on the blog.

StumbleUpon

StumbleUpon is my favorite network. For those who use it, I don’t need to tell you how great it really is. For those of you who don’t, what the heck are you waiting for? If you’re on the network and if you like this blog, don’t forget to give a thumbs-up to my home page (and review it if you’re feeling extra giving) and a thumbs-up on my StumbleUpon profile (also open for reviews).

Also for you stumblers, if you’ve added me as a friend you can jump on your home page and use the “Share this page with friends” option to remind me to consider your site for a thumbs-up. I can’t guarantee I’ll give it a vote, but if I like it and if I haven’t already done so I’ll give it a thumbs-up.

Add to Technorati Favorites

Technorati is kind of an interesting one… it’s more of a bloggers-only ranking thingy than a social network. But it does give you the ability to add other blogs to your “favorites” and I’m guessing that adds to their authority and ranking (but maybe not, I’m not sure). At any rate, it’s always nice to see that a fellow blogger likes this blog well enough to take the time and add it to their favorites list. So if you’re on Technorati and you like this blog, use the button above or head over to my Technorati page and click on the heart.

Join My Community at MyBloglog!

MyBlogLog is another bloggers-only group, but it’s a little different than Technorati. So again, if you’re on MyBlogLog and you like the site, head over to our community page to join in and don’t forget to stop by my author page and add me as a contact.

So that’s it folks — I won’t bother you with this silly stuff again until next year around the same time. We’ll get back to the standard photography-talk tomorrow.

Schedule for Photophlow Gatherings

photophlow badge

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?

WRITING PROJECT: Social Photography

Photography has become a very social pastime with the uprise of digital cameras, the Internet, and photo-sharing websites. Photographers from all around the world are sharing their work, viewing the work of others, and making connections with people they would have otherwise never met. It’s an amazing thing how social networking and photography have almost merged into one big culture: Social Photography.

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Write a post on a blog and share your experience with social photography websites. See below for more details and examples.
  • Go to the form at the bottom of this page and send me your name, email (kept private), and link to your project entry. If you don’t have your own blog, you can always ask to write a guest post on one of the many photography blogs out there.
  • Once I collect the links from the participants I’ll publish them on my blog. You can then write another post and link to either all or only your favorite articles by other bloggers.
  • Limit one article per author for this particular project. You are more than welcome to visit other participating blogs hosting projects dedicated to other social media sites and take part in those projects (I’ll explain more below).

DEADLINE: MARCH 22, 2008

This project is actually part of a larger project being termed “The Social Media Mega Project“. InspirationBit is hosting the mega-project, and I’m hosting a small portion of this project on photography related websites. Several other bloggers are hosting similar mini-projects to fill the gaps in the mega-project. These projects span the following topics:

So if you can offer up your experience in any of those social sites listed above, feel free to visit the project pages and participate.

WHAT TO WRITE ABOUT…

As photographers we have a lot of options when it comes to social-based websites. We have the photo-sharing sites like Flickr and Zooomr. We have social media sites like photographyVoter and PictPicture. Then we also have some interactive sites like photophlow. Simply pick your favorite social site and choose a topic to write about that you feel comfortable with.

This topic could be how you integrate this social media site into your blogging, photography, or daily life. You could tell us about your good or bad experiences, how would you compare this social networking site with others, what do you like or don’t like about it, how you benefit from becoming a frequent user of this site, what secrets have you learned about it, and/or what tips or warnings would you like to inform others about. It can really be anything related to that site — just share what you know.

As a couple of examples right here from the archives of Epic Edits, Martin has already written about his Top 10 Flickr Hacks, and I’ve written about Flickr Etiquette. I’ll actually be following up soon with a new article on photophlow, how to use it, what it can be used for, and the benefits of using it.

So start thinking about those social pholography sites that you use, and put together your thoughts on how you can share your experience with other photographers.

PROJECT ENTRY FORM

Sorry folks, the deadline for project submissions is over. Stay tuned for the project results on the 24th.