Monday, May 18, 2009

Thing 4: More Flickr

This week you will use a tool called a mashup, and post an image on your blog. A mashup can do many things, but on Flickr it allows you to manipulate, organize, or otherwise have fun with photos in new and different ways.

Choose one of the Flickr mashups below, and then post an image you’ve created with it on your blog this week. With many of these mashups you'll be trying, there is a button on the mashup page that allows you to embed an image into your blog very easily.

Here is another way to post an image. Start by saving it to your computer. Next, while you are writing your post, look above the box you are writing in, at the toolbar. Click the button that looks like a little photograph; this is how you add an image to a post. An image of the toolbar is below. The button is third from the right.



Spend time this week playing with several of the mashups below. They’re a lot of fun!

Be sure to write a post about your experiences this week with Flickr mashups and post at least one image you’ve created (No reason you can't post more than one, though!!). Spell with Flickr, Captioner, Big Huge Labs are some easy ones where you can create your own images.

Flickr Mashups where you can create your own image (or choose your own!)
Spell with Flickr -- Spell your name using Flickr images
Captioner--Add funny captions to a picture
Big Huge Labs--A wide variety of Flickr tools

Other Flickr Mashups to try (or search for your own!)
Flappr--Search for images
Colr Pickr--Search images by color
FlickrFling--See images related to RSS feeds
Flickr Sudoku--Play Sudoku with Flickr images
Retrievr--A sketchpad that shows related Flickr images

An example from Spell with Flickr:
T e52mex Pastry Cutter X a45mex s41mex

22 comments:

Joan said...

I just signed up today - completed Thing 1! Started Thing 2 and then got distracted and started looking at others' blogs. When I tried to go back to Thing 2, Thing 4 always popped up! How do I get back to Thing 2 to finish it, and then on the Thing 3? Help!

vkomarek said...

I love the mash up sights they are cool but I am having troubl getting them to upload to my blog or even finding a way to do it. I re-read the instructions to no avial, please help, I explored flapper and spell with flicker

Jeff said...

Joan,

The error with Thing 4 has been fixed--Jeff

Jeff said...

vkormarek--

If you are using Spell with Flickr, look for a box of code that appears about half-way down the page once you've created your image. Just above this box of code, the page says "Here is the html of these images for use on other sites" Copy the entire box of code. When you go to make your post on Blogger, you can paste that code into your post. The image appears on your blog.

Anonymous said...

Not sure if i like doing this. I am not very comfortable doing computer things.

Ms. Tina @ Little Elm Library said...

I can understand how beneficial this can be and it is major cool but man is it time consuming. I have decided that I overanalyze stuff because I was about to pull my hair out due to trying to do things from the wrong site. I am so glad that I am having my entire staff do this because we all have different comfort levels on different projects. What took me an hour to only get more stuck took my staff member 2 minutes to get me out of the mud. I do wish that we could do one thing a week instead of 2 or three though.

Amanda (the librarian) said...

vkormarek is partially correct though - you're not really creating any images with mashups listed under "Other Flickr Mashups to try" and there's no clear way to post anything from those on your blog.

There are a lot of neat ones at Big Huge Labs, and I like that most have an "add credit to image" checkbox that automatically inserts photo attribution into your creation. Be careful about using and editing copyrighted images - many of those on Flickr are posted with all rights reserved.

Matilda said...

My, my, my.. I feel so frustrated. I have tried many of the sites suggested on Thing 4 and 5 with very frustrating results. I selected several photographs from Flapper to be my favorites but I can't get anywhere from there. Does anyone knows how to do it and is willing to help me?

Sallie said...

Spell With Flickr seems to be gone. Didn't you warn that blogger that a bunch of librarians were about to descend on him?? :-)

Vidya Krishnaswamy said...

Tina,

You get to decide how long you want to play with each technology and choose any order you want. You can move to the next technology when you are ready to do so. A good thing is to team up or ask your friends and coworkers to help you if you get stuck.

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Vidya Krishnaswamy said...

Sallie,

The link to Spell with Flickr is working fine. I have a question. Are you using the computer at work? .Because I had trouble opening the link at work,but it worked fine on home computer.

Vidya Krishnaswamy said...

Matilda,
After you log in to your Flickr account. Look for the tabs Home, You, Organize .. Choose You and from the drop down menu on the YOU tab select Your favorites. All your favorite pictures will be in that folder.

Sallie said...

Thanks Vidya - I'll try it from home. luvsal

Arlington Public Library said...

Very interesting "toys" - I work on a lot of marketing sources for our library and these prompted ideas. I confess I'm right along with the others that have posted, I stumbled around a bit but figured most of them out. I liked the Colr Pikr.

Mister Wood said...

The tools I enjoyed most were the ones from Big Huge Labs. They have the bead picture maker and the Warholizer. Awesome!

Rejoyce said...

I tried to copy the code and post but got an error message: Your HTML cannot be accepted: Tags cannot enclose tags...I can't copy it here either, get the same error message

Rejoyce said...

I wasn't able to post the Spell with Flickr but was able to upload a mashup to my blog.

Becca said...

I really wanted to try the Spell with Flickr, but the link was dead. Did create a jigsaw puzzle and added word balloons to a picture. Nice to know how those things are done.

Vidya Krishnaswamy said...

Becca,
The Spell with Flickr link does not open at work computer, try playing with it on your lap top or home computer

Connie said...

I also was unable to post the Spell with Flickr code. Tried it twice and got error reports. Too bad ....

texaslibrarian said...

I enjoyed working with several of the different "mashups." I know that I need so much more time to really feel comfortable with these programs. I now how all these people can be so creative!

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