Archive for February 2007

Everyone I Used to Know, They Just Moved On

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Deconstructing Flickr

The Future of Communities Blog — Social browsing vs. technology-enabled navigation The future of communities points us to an interesting academic research paper done analyzing behavior on Flickr.

The paper, written by Kristina Lerman at USC and Laurie Jones at Mills College, looks at how views, faves, and comments are generated at Flickr.

Their conclusion?

Reverse contacts (how many people have made you a contact on Flickr) count more than anything else. Their research would also indicate that both tags and groups have much less influence over having your photo viewed. They do recognize the significance of having one of your images appear in Flickr’s Explore section as being dramatic, especially views coming from users outside one’s social network, but still conclude that the number of reverse contacts that you have would seem to be the single most important factor to “success,” at least as defined by views, faves, comments, etc., on Flickr.

An interesting read.

Saturday Night Cocktail

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A Brave New World of Stock Photography

Dan Heller’s Photography Business Blog: Two-Phased Approach to photo-sharing/licensing model I love the stuff that Dan Heller writes. If you don’t already subscribe to his blog you should.

Dan’s a professional photographer with a pretty strong technology business background as well. I blogged about him last week when he wrote an article on the future of photo licensing.

It’s great to see someone else who shares such enthusiasm for using a social sharing photo platform as a vehicle to distribute stock photography. This is the future and it’s coming. We’re going to try to build this at Zooomr (we’re getting closer every day). I’m sure a lot of other people are trying to build it too.

Who wins in the end though? The photographer. Why? Well if you build the platform right you can operate it on much thinner margins than either the traditional or the micro stock businesses. This means more money can go into the pocket of the creators of the imagery.

I’ve talked to an incredible number of people over the past few years about using a social sharing platform to sell stock. I’ve talked to executives at the largest stock photography firms, I’ve talked to marketers, magazines, advertisers, and tons and tons of photographers. (Somehow I always like the conversations I have about this with photographers the best).

It’s funny how so many people want to tell you why it won’t work. How photos are not bought, they are sold. How without a huge marketing budget people will never come to the site. How marketers can only use gigantic huge billboard size resolutions or nothing. Justifications for taking 50% or more from the photographer.

I think if you build an efficient marketing platform both buyers and sellers will come. It worked for eBay. It worked for Google.

And if you treat your photographers like gold and pay them as much as you possibly can and still stay in business, *they* will become your advocates and evangelists. Marketers want a nice clean place to find great photos. But I think when they know that the vast bulk of the money from a sale will go into the pocket of the actual photographer they will feel even better when they find a great image on the right platform.

Anyways,

Check out Dan’s post. And his other one that I blogged last week. This is the future folks. And it’s an awfully exciting one for the millions of photographers out there today who haven’t found their way into the traditional stock houses, who don’t shoot with Hasselblads, but innately know that their work is worth more than the microstock houses are paying.

Involver is Pretty Damn Slick

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involver — Photowalking in San Francisco Well I just got an invitation a few hours ago from Matt Oesterle (they launched late last night) to join Involver.com and I’ve spent the past few hours clicking around the site and I have to say it’s pretty cool.

It’s like upcoming.org but with a much better interface. Not that upcoming.org has a bad interface or anything, it’s just that involver feels really slick.

It has a lot of the basics. Like you have a profile. There is a calendar and you can create events. But then it has other cool social networking features, like things that update you as your friends do things on the site. Facebook type things like when a friend of yours adds another friend, etc.

I found out that Josh Ritter, who I like a lot, is going to be playing at the Sweedish American Hall (a venue I like a lot) for something called Noise Pop Festival on Feb. 28th. It looks like Sebadoh is playing there too. Nice. I shot Josh Ritter a while back when he played at the Great American Music Hall.

Anyways, check out Involver. If you want to add me as a friend my profile is here.

I also added our Photowalk for Wednesday with Don MacAskill and the out of town Smugmuggers (damn, that sounds like a band name) on the site. We are going to meet at 2pm at the corner of Grant and Bush at the entrance to Chinatown if you can make it. If you can’t make it at 2pm plan on coming out anyways. Just shoot me an email and we can hook up a little later. I plan on shooting later that night in the city as well.

Hobart Building

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A Long Way From Heaven

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Come Out Photowalking in San Francisco on Wednesday Afternoon

Don MacAskill (he runs SmugMug) is getting together a group of people to join some out of town Smugmuggers for a photowalk in San Francisco on Wednesday afternoon at 2pm. We are going to meet in Chinatown. Maybe we can organize a dinner somewhere too afterwards and then shoot some more if folks want. Come on out and join us if you have time on Wednesday afternoon or evening.

I’ll update more of the details about where we are going to meet etc. later today. Should be a great shoot.

Robert Scoble Reflects on Twitter

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Request for Twitter: add all followers � Scobleizer – Tech Geek Blogger Robert Scoble has a post out on Twitter. He wants to be able to make all 469 of his followers at Twitter friends at once.

Robert’s actually the guy that got me to try Twitter. I kept reading about it at his blog and I’m glad I finally did.

But rather than allow you to mark *everyone* as a friend at once I’d rather see Twitter allow you to allow everyone a contact at once. Friends should be reserved for people who really are friends. This way you could have two Twitter views to choose from. All my friends or all my contacts.

The problem with adding everyone as friends is that your real friend’s twitters would get lost in the noise sometimes. You’d miss things that you’d want to see.

You’ll probably be more interested in the twitters from your friends. But by allowing a separate category of contacts, you could add any follower reciprocally and then periodically check out your contacts view. Many of these contacts would eventually graduate up to friends after you got to know them better. And you could make a default setting to add everyone who chooses to follow you a contact.

Choo Choo Train

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