– notes, frequently asked questions and useful links from the archivist and curator of manuscripts at Balliol College, University of Oxford. Opinions expressed are the author's own.

Thing 17 P.S.

‘Other image sharing & search tools are available’ and here’s my take on those on the list kindly assembled for us by the 23Things for Research team:

    • Picasa (need a Google email/account to upload to this): worth checking if you’re looking for an image of something particular, but I found the Flickr search more focussed, with fewer but better results. Picasa doesn’t seem to have the search and community group functions of Flickr – or built-in statistics, either. So I won’t be considering joining that.
    • Wikimedia Commons high profile, connected to Wikipedia (sometimes!), probably lots of traffic. Worth investigating further.
    • Instagram – well, I love the arty filters, but that’s not what I need. And as there’s no desktop version, and I don’t use a mobile device to take photos, this is a non-starter.
    • Photobucket – definitely seems aimed at personal accounts and networks, though descriptions include business use.
    • SmugMug – what a name! that alone is enough to put me off using it personally or (especially) professionally. They seem geared toward social media use – it developed from a game site.
    • Shutterfly – main feature is the capacity for creating and editing photo books, cards, calendars etc using your own images, as well as just storing and sharing photos. A bit like online scrapbooking. I think it would be a good option for personal or perhaps small creative business use.

I checked some reviews and the Wikipedia entries for each site as well as their own About or Tour etc pages. On the whole, a quick look at this list shows that Flickr is clearly the best match for my purposes, but that Wikimedia merits consideration as well, probably for a fairly small number of images on specific topics – intended from our end to draw viewers to our other platforms as well as to share information! which may not be Wikimedia’s idea of the thing at all…

I wondered about the MYRIAD photo sharing sites out there – a search for ‘photo sharing sites review’ was completely overwhelming. Sticking with Flickr for now!

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