Flickr off, YouTubers!

This week’s reading assignment left me feeling disgruntled.  Newbie’s Guide to Flickr and How companies can make the most of user-generated content made me wonder:  Who has the spare time to play around on Flickr and YouTube all day?  And furthermore, why aren’t these people doing something more productive?  I don’t know why, but I find this incredibly annoying. 

One statistic from the McKinsey Report really stood out for me.  It said that 65% of people who upload videos to the internet do so because they are fame-hungry.  This seems so bizarre to me.  I mean, for the most part, famous people actually have some talent.  On the other hand, most YouTube videos are garbage.  Instead of sitting in your house making ridiculous videos, go take some singing lessons, dance classes, or participate in a play to learn how to act. 

Maybe I’m just jealous that I don’t have this much free time.  If I did, I certainly wouldn’t spend it messing around on one of these websites for hours at a time. 

Feelings about this issue aside, I can see the advantages of using Flickr to manage your photography. 

Even though photography is a hobby of mine, I don’t have much experience using Flickr.  I usually use Shutterfly or Facebook for sharing my photos.  This works well for me because I only want my family and friends to see them.  I’m not interested in sharing my photography with every Tom, Dick, and Harry that has access to Flickr.  Although I’m sure there are privacy settings that would allow me to upload my pictures without sharing them, it sort of defeats the purpose of what Flickr is all about. 

I liked the idea of geotagging.  This would be especially useful for vacation photos.  Many times in the past, I’ve looked at an old picture and wondered, “Where was this taken again?”  I’m pretty sure my camera has GPS and can geotag photos when they’re taken.  Of course, I haven’t taken the time to learn how to use this feature yet…but I might get around to it eventually!


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