If we ignore the fact that the term Web 2.0 is controversial for all kinds of reasons and concentrate on the applications themselves, which Web 2.0 apps (using the broadest possible definition) do you use most?
I tried it out and I am well impressed, I have to say. It recognises photos which have been previously geotagged and asks if you want to import them. It allows batch tagging (if you have several images which were taken at the one spot) and it uses a simple drag and drop interface.
You access the functionality by clickong on the Organize menu (not the dropdown but the Organize menu itself) and then choose the Map tab – not the most intuitive but after that it is entirely straightforward!
A picture is worth a thousand words or so the old saw goes and it is certainly true that an image can greatly help the look of a blog post.
Several people have asked me recently how to add images to blog posts so I thought I’d put up a blog post explaining how I do it in case it would be useful for others.
I store my images online on Flickr. When I want to use an image in a blog post I use the copy of the image which is stored on Flickr. This has the advantages that:
it saves me diskspace from my hosting account,
it saves me bandwidth from my hosting account and
it is easy because Flickr provides the code to use the image from their site!
Being a simple soul, I like it when things are made easy for me.
How do I do it?
Well, click on the image you want to use in your Flickr account. If you don’t have a Flickr account, get one! A free account will allow you to upload 200 images and if you need more than that it costs around $25 p.a.
Once you have selected your image, click on the All Sizes button above the picture.
This brings you to the Available Sizes screen. Here you decide which image size you want in your blog post and select it. I generally go for images around 500 pixels wide (although the one selected below is 240 pixels wide).
When you select the size you want, the code required to place the image in your blog post is in the field under:
1. Copy and paste this HTML into your webpage:
Copy and paste that code into your blog post et voilÃ , you now have an image in your blog post.
Google’s Picasa photo sharing site has released an uploader for the Mac! It is available for download here. You will need a Picasa Web Albums account to use the Uploader.
The download contains a standalone uploader
And an uploading plug-in for iPhoto
I setup a Picasa account to try it out and it seems straightforward enough. The advantage Zooomr and Flickr have over Picasa is how easy they make it to include pictures from either app in your blog posts. Picasa doesn’t make this function available (or I couldn’t find it).
Having both Zooomr and Flickr accounts, I don’t see any advantage to having a Picasa one as well. I suppose if you had a Picasa account and recently got a Mac, then this is useful. Otherwise (unless I’m missing something rad in Picasa), use Flickr or Zooomr.
Photo-sharing site Zooomr re-launched its site with a new version (2.0) in the last couple of days.
Zooomr screen shot
Hosted on Zooomr
The launch of the new version of the site was delayed by a DOS attack on the servers but Zooomr seem to have put that behind them quite successfully now. The main differences I see in this version of the site are a re-write of the Geotagging process which makes geotagging your photos even easier through Zooomr.
I haven’t tried the Zooomrtations (audio annotating of photos) so I can’t say if this has changed in any way in this release. Very little else has changed radically with version 2.0 (that I can see). In terms of photo sharing I still prefer Flickr’s ability to share your photos with groups. Still the Geotagging in Zooomr is kinda cool and Zooomr are offering pro accounts to bloggers for the moment so you may want to try it out.
Tom Raftery – Global VP, Futurist, and Innovation Evangelist for SAP, inspirational keynote speaker, and global influencer's take on how digitization and innovation are creatively disrupting our world