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Why they call it—My Friend Flickr

Published: January 20, 2008 | Last Updated: July 30, 2016 By | Reply Continue Reading

When Matt Raymond of the Library of Congress needed help tagging more than 3100 photos in the library’s collection, he teamed up with the Flickr, the photo-sharing website.

“If all goes according to plan, the project will help address at least two major challenges: how to ensure better and better access to our collections, and how to ensure that we have the best possible information about those collections for the benefit of researchers and posterity,” wrote Raymond in his blog.

Well, the pilot was enormously successful, proving the power of photosharing websites in fostering a sense of community. Two days later, Raymond posted that there had already been 650,000 views of the photos, with 420 of them commented on, and 1200 having been favorited

Photos can help us share our lives with our female friends. They can offer portraits of the woman we were yesterday and the one we are today. A snapshot can also capture the people, places and things that are meaningful to us. Want to stay connected? Send a captioned photo to a friend, either electronically or via snail mail. Or put a few up on Flickr—with tags, of course.

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