The flickr Uprising

by Morag Robertson

Flickr is a social networking site that I only recently discovered. Before started my course on journalism, I never properly considered any social networking sites other than sites such as Tumblr, Twitter, Bebo and, of course, the infamous Facebook. Up until now I didn’t full understand the definition of ‘social networking’; I only thought that social networking sites were places that you would communicate, through words, with other people. It turns out that I was very wrong.

The definition of ‘social networking’ from wikipedia–  ‘A social network is a social structure made up of individuals (or organizations) called “nodes”, which are tied (connected) by one or more specific types of interdependency, such as friendship, kinship, common interest, financial exchange, dislike, sexual relationship, or relationships of beliefs, knowledge or prestige.’

Flickr is a social networking site that allows you to post your own pictures on any subject, varying from personal pictures of your family, to pictures of flowers you found on a walk through a meadow. Therefore, flickr was one of these many sites that I had just passed over, never thinking much of it as I am not a keen photographer of any sort. However, when I became an avid user of another social networking site, tumbler, I noticed that flickr had made its mark on many people on this site.

Naive to the fact that flickr is one of the most up and coming social networking sites, used by a wide age range and different social groups, I clicked on the links I had found on people’s blogs, and found myself enveloped by a whole world of imagery that I did not know existed. With this having grabbed my attention, I searched through tumblr some more, determined to find out if flickr was something I’d been missing out on.

As it turns out, I had been missing out. Flickr is not only used as a means of posting pictures to that one site to share with other people snapshots into your life; it’s also used as a means of connecting the two social networking sites of tumblr and flickr, as people used flickr links to animate their online blogs on tumblr.

Maybe I’m the only one that has been completely oblivious to the growing community of flickr, but at least I know now that it is definitely a social networking site to be aware of.

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