Flickr Tips ‘n’ Tricks
|December 12, 2013 at 12:32 AM #6256|
THP Partner Alan Prescott recently suggested exhibiting raster specimens of his work, and his idea soon blossomed into a Flickr showcase of his revivals and original designs. In the first three weeks, some of his images were viewed nearly 100 times!
Flickr is a Yahoo project launched in 2004. Unlike “social” sites, the interface is straight-forward and the presentation “no nonsense.” The Flickr Type Community is large, well-established, international, scholarly and quite interactive.
Flickr is well indexed by image-collecting “bots” and search engines. Many Flickr visitors who view THP images there arrived via searches. Links attached to THP’s flickr posts direct significant traffic to Chapel discussions, which in turn intensify interest in revivals and the work of developers represented here.
If you do not have a flickr account, it’s free and easy to open one.
Before you start uploading images and inviting visitors to view them, you may want to replace the default background photo and/or “buddy icon.”
Link Your Flickr Specimen to the Revival Topic
Presto—your Flickr specimen appears in the body of your THP Chapel topic!
Link the Revival Topic to Your Flickr Specimen
Voila! Now Flickr visitors who arrived there via Google, Google Images, etc. will be steered to the Chapel to learn more interesting type history.
Remember that when you post at Flickr, you are not addressing the THP Community. Your “audience” is Everyone, Everywhere who is interested in type history—and in your revival wares!
Organize Your Images
This process is not well supported by Flickr. Despite these limitations, Flickr is highly recommended as The Right Place to exhibit type specimens for positive attention.
If your work is devoted exclusively to revivals, you may find the Set level adequate:
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