Monday, April 23, 2007

Another venue for commenting

Signing up for a Flickr account may change your life -- or at least give you something else to do in your spare time. It's easy to sign up, it's free, and if you sign up you can leave comments on photos.

I know a lot of you have visited the Class of 1966 Reunion Flickr photo stream and the Central Alumni photo stream, and some of you have even taken a peek at my Flickr photo stream (which, as of early this morning, includes the earthworm photo accompanying this post. Wouldn't you like to leave a comment or two? Maybe let someone know you were glad to see them again? Or perhaps you could leave a note about who's who in some of those photos Gerhard Ellerkamp submitted that have no identifying labels.

And, of course, if you sign up for Flickr, you can upload your own digital photos for all the world to see (or label them so that only family or friends can see them). You can post a lot of photos for free. But if, like me, you want to create sets and upload lots and lots of photos, you'll eventually pay the relatively modest annual fee charged for a "Pro" account.

All you need to sign up for a free Flickr account and start commenting is a Yahoo e-mail address (if you don't have one, go to www.yahoo.com and sign up). Then just head on over to www.flickr.com and sign up for a free account. You'll have to pick a display name, so you can be creative about what you call yourself in the Flickr universe. I'm Central Historian, but you can be Captain of the Football Team or Cutest Cheerleader if you want (providing no one else has claimed that name).

Still dazed and confused by all this Internet stuff? If you're a Central alumnus, I'll try to help you navigate the system. If you're not, I suggest getting in touch with a teenager -- most of them know more about all this than you or I will ever know.

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