This was hard to do with a lot of things because I don’t yet have enough pictures uploaded to make good mosaics or sudoku, but I saw examples and they looked really fun. As a side note, I also discovered that I uploaded all tiny pictures of my kitties. Now I have to start over with those unless I find that Flickr has a good photo editor…someone please let me know if you know! Also, I set all my cat pictures to private since I couldn’t set my whole profile to private (that I can tell, let me know if you discovered how). Now I realize that was silly…live and learn.

The one I did play with was the trading card mashup. That was fun. However, I did not ultimately post it on Flickr or here because:

  1. I was in a darkly humorous mood and it was for an overdues maven.
  2. The format would only make sense to people who at one time played Magic: the Gathering.
  3. I used a picture of me trap shooting, and a lot of people are uncomfortable with guns.

So there you go. I and other friends who have been in charge of overdues and have a temperament that allows for dark patron-related humor think it is hilarious. But it’s not like I don’t see why people would be offended. So I will make another generally friendly card and post it sometime when I haven’t been watching George Carlin videos all night.

The Flickr widget for WordPress was not displaying my pictures and I couldn’t seem to find any obvious instructions for how to change it, so I did what anyone ought to: I searched the help. Turns out dozens of people had the same problem (imagine that!) and the answer was readily available if you knew where to look. Now I’ve added the widget and you can see pretty pictures in my sidebar. Yay.

And in case it isn’t common knowledge, help documentation is your best friend. And if somebody’s documentation is awful you really should let them know because there is no excuse.

I’ll take some more pictures of the “kids” (and other stuff, I suppose) and try some more mashups later. I found this exercise was useful if for no other reason than I now know to go to Flickr Services to play; I might not have figured that out otherwise.

Originally uploaded by CelestiHel

I had no idea how fun Flickr was. I’ve used Photobucket for years just as a place to store photos on the web for easy sharing and I assumed Flickr was that plus just a little something extra. I read through some of their tutorials and explored a little before I signed up and uploaded eleventy million pictures of my cats.

Helen’s Flickr

I found it a little irritating that in order to have a Flickr account, you have to first join Yahoo!, unless I have grossly misunderstood the sign up process, but assuming that I haven’t:

I understand that this is how these things are done when a service is bought by another service, but I don’t have to like it. This is just the sort of thing that has people concerned about the potential Microsoft/Yahoo! merger. The article I point you too is an interview in Bloomberg with Google, so please understand that when I say people, I do not mean Google (as an empire, this should worry them). What I mean is people like me; what if I don’t want to join Yahoo or generally dislike Microsoft products? I guess it could be argued that you put misgivings to rest and join or go without, but is anyone really comfortable with those kinds of options?

Moving on. Next I joined groups for each of my cat breeds and one for rescue pets because I am totally broken. I couldn’t figure out how to add pictures to those groups’ pools. While I was looking for instructions, I had a thought: maybe the Vermont 23 Things had a group we could all join. I searched and a few libraries/states did, but not us. So guess what? I made it! Because there were no pictures (and mine were still living on my camera) there was a handy link to the instructions for linking pictures to a group. Hooray!

I spent a long time figuring out the API for the linking tool to my blog. I don’t know what happened, and sometimes that just happens with technology. I just kept trying and eventually it all worked out. There’s a lesson in there somewhere I’m sure.

Lastly, I added some friends who have Flickr accounts to my contacts list. This is like citation jumping. You find a friend on there, then you add them and look at their contacts. You add common friends. Then those friends contacts and so on until you run out of steam. I only mention it because a lot of folks who are new to social software don’t know about this handy method for getting connected. So there you go.

I will say that I long for a tool in Flickr for importing your email contacts and checking for them in Flickr’s database, like LinkedIn and Facebook have. It’s just nice to be able to easily connect with people you know without having to jump through hoops to get there.

I remembered there being a widget for Flickr in WordPress. I added it to see if it would display my pictures, but it displayed random pictures only. I’m sure there’s a way to tweak this but I’m going to save it for thing 6 because I’m all learned out for the time.