Friday, July 18, 2008

Flickr, google and finding my photos

Faye Dunaway in Masterclass  backstage at Parker Playhouse, Ft Lauderdale, Florida
This is yesterday's most-viewed photo in my Flickr account. Some people got to it by Googling the phrase "Parker Playhouse Florida" using Google image search.

Starbucks sharing the calorie count now
Today's second-most viewed photo on my Flickr account is also the third-from-the-top result when you Google "new york calorie list starbucks"

Baby heads in Lanvin window display in The Venitian Casino and Shopping area, Las Vegas, Nevada
Two people found this photo by searching for "window display" on Flickr. Isn't this display awesome? It's something you'd see in Beth Marshall's house, right? :)

This day was not a highlight of my life, Pueblo, Colorado
This still disturbs me. People are still coming to this photo from a link placed here. It's been viewed 312 times because of that link. And you wonder why I am so paranoid about what I put online. This photo got put on a site for people who like men with shaved heads. Yikes! While I think it's a hideous photo of me, I love it because I can look at it and remember exactly where I was, how I was feeling, everything. Love this photo. I truly was miserable that day. :)

Fat Girls movie sign
Search for "fat girls" on flickr or yahoo, as two people did yesterday, guess what you find: my photo I took in Ft Lauderdale in January of a movie sign.

So what, Mark?
I don't have any big "lesson" to share. I just think it's interesting looking at how people come to view my photos. Where they come from, if they searched for a specific term or if they used a photo on their own blog. I very much want my photos to spread around the web, but in way I feel comfortable with. I've chosen to own all the rights to every photo not join the "Creative Commons" game. However, I wonder if this has disinterested people from using my photos in their blogs. I want them to use them in their blogs, so long as they're not making money off my photos, you know? Like, if you want to use one of my photos in your blog, you should be able to, so long as the photo lnks back to me and gives me full credit.

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