Very true. Same could be said of Flickr.
Here’s seven good ideas on Flickr that’s fired my imagination.
Flickr to celebrate a season
Yes, you can set-up a Flickr group for an area if there isn’t already one.
But how about this? A group to celebrate the changing seasons of a borough.
Both are themed around the seasons and the figures themselves are quite impressive. Spring had 80 images from 80 people within three weeks of it being launched. Winter 450 from 170.
Flickr as an image library
At less than £20 a year for a Pro account, it’s staggeringly good value for money.
It can also be used as a repository for images both with a public setting and a restricted private one which limits who in your network can see them.
With a liberal re-use licence residents, media and blogs can re-use images without you having to take a phone call, dig out shots and email.
The UK Home Office are the Daddy of this.
With 390,000 page views in 10 months those are serious figures.
They post stock images and shots connected to press stories, like the pictures that show a till receipt for two rings shortly before a sham wedding. Brilliant.
Flickr as a way to celebrate
Dawn O’Brien from Wolverhampton Council is an unsung hero. Using JFDI (just flipping do it) she has done great things to celebrate parks.
ThisFlickr group We ♥ Wolverhampton: What’s your favourite place in the city? captures images that show people’s favourite places in the Midlands city.
Flickr as a way to record nature
Morgan Bowers from Walsall Council’s countryside team is doing some really great things with digital tools. Not least the group Walsall Wildlife Recorders which aims to capture images of newts and other interesting things snapped by members of the public.
The Walsall Leather Museum Flickr meet
Acting at the suggestion of a Walsall Flickr group member, the very generous Francesca Cox allowed open access to the museum on Saturday.
It’s a fabulous place and a celebration of the town’s most famous trade.
Scores of good images emerged and several photographers generously allowed shots to be re-used for marketing.
Flickr as a way to supply user generated content
English Heritage have hundreds of buildings, burial places, landmarks and other sites to look after. Bright people there have twigged that people like taking pictures of them. They link from their website to images contributed to their Flickr group set up partly for that purpose. Everyone wins in that.
An unexpected spin-off. Social bunch they are they’ve created a Flickr group for those people. Even better than that, they ask that if people post to that group it means they don’t mind seeing the images on their website and a link from that site to the original image. It’s a great way of tapping into Flickr in a way that everyone benefits from.
The Asda catologue from 1985
Okay, so this isn’t local government. But you have to simply doff your cap to someone who scans the entire Argos catalogue from a quarter of a century ago.
Inspired genius. Or the work of a twisted loner. Can’t make up my mind which.
But it shows the single minded passion some people have.