Getting Started on Flickr

Getting Started

Start out by going to http://www.flickr.com/

Flickr is a service offered by Yahoo and it uses the same account login, so if you have a Yahoo account already you can use that or you can sign up for a new one.

With any online service, a good idea is to read the Terms of Service (ToS) and Community Guidelines. The Flickr ToS is shown when signing up and the community guidelines can be found at http://www.flickr.com/guidelines.gne

Profile

Upon completing registration, a prompt will appear with 3 steps listed.

  • Create your buddy icon
  • Choose your custom Flickr URL
  • Personalize your profile

Create your buddy icon

  • Select choose file to browse to an image you would like to use
  • Crop/Size picture as desired for icon

Choose your custom Flickr URL

The URL you choose will be permanent to your account, so choose wisely. Your personal URL will be http://www.flickr.com/photos/alias – Ideally your alias would be easy to remember and descriptive of the person or group the account is for ie. WoosterClub, se-wooster, WoosterThetas, WoosterChemistry, etc.

Personalize your profile

All of the information here is optional, if you are not sure – leave it blank.

This would also be a good time to tweak your privacy settings. This page can be found at

You > Your Profile > Edit your profile privacy (On the right side)

Homepage and Navigation

A sample of a homepage is shown, on it is the navigation, some ads and a sample of your latest photos and contact photos.

The Navigation

  • Home: Will return to this page from other areas
  • You: Contains most of the options to view and work with your content
  • Organize & Create: Create sets of images, set location of sets and order prints
  • Contacts: Options for connections: accounts/People you watch, share with
  • Groups: Pools of photos for a group, ie. College of Wooster, our group
  • Explore: Tools to ‘explore’ the flickr Community

Terminology

Photostream: A self-updating list/directory of pictures. Each user has their own photostream.

Contacts: Another flickr member that you have decided to ‘watch’ – adding someone as a contact will feed their photostream onto your homepage and more. Can mark a contact as a friend or family in addition to share more private photos.

More Resources

About Dwight Nagy

Assistant Director of Web Communication at The College of Wooster and ScotBlogs Administrator
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