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|Break It Down
| Demographics of some big social media sites
| Ok, not really, but their "Photos from your contacts" algorithm does. I've started getting around it by just plugging people I want to watch into my RSS aggregator, or feed reader. I've always just used it for blogs, but this is also a great way to get all the photos I was missing. There's lots out there, but I like Bloglines. You can just click the "add" button and enter in the address of whomever you want to watch. In my case, it's just:
Speaking of which, someone's already subscribed to my photos. Is it one of you guys?
|Flickr feature requests
| I use flickr to publish my photography online. It's a good service, but not perfect. Here are my feature requests to Flickr:
1. On individual photo pages, the meta description and keywords should be about the photo, not about Flickr. Yahoo runs a fricken search engine, you'd think they would get this right.
2. Give me a nice view into the referrer logs. Where are people coming to my photos from? Who's inlining it into webpages? What photos got viewed the most recently? etc. This would be the perfect place to build a Google Analytics competitior.
3. Expand the API to include sets. And keep expanding it from there.
4. Enable HTML links in photo descriptions on my photostream pages when they're showing small photos. Why don't they work here?
Finally, a flickr-related feature request directed to Google: Get an API or scraper set up to read the title, description and tags on flickr photo pages. Then use the info in your Google Image Search algo. I've started searching for images at flickr first now, because experience has shown I often find better images direct from there.
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