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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Flickr Faves Browsing = Best way to discover new talents

If you want to explore good stuff, forget about Explore, just browse your contacts' favorites. Chances are you will like because that's why you added them as contact in the first place. Finding other people's source of inspiration (the process) goes hand-in-hand with looking at their work (the result).

You can also usually get a fairly good read about the person from looking at their favorites: for example, did the guy like my photo because of the composition? Or do they like it because they just like the subject matter?

Dijubos de Molina (Daniel Molina is one of my all-time favorite photographer on Flickr, and I usually find really good stuff on his favorites:

Dibujos de Molina's favorites on Flickr / 2009-09-10 / SML Screenshots (by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)

Browsing a single person's favorite is great, but when you wish to track multiple people's favorites, it becomes rather time consuming and annoying. There isn't yet a function on Flickr to allow you to track all your contacts' favorites yet - but FriendFeed does.

FriendFeed tracks a person's individual stream as well as their favorites, which is a very cool feature. If you track your contacts photo by the default Flickr RSS, you will get single image blocks, which is somewhat annoying, so what I do instead is creating two Imaginary Friends on Friendfeed:

SML Friendfeed Flickr Feed / 2009-09-10 / SML Screenshots (by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)
Imaginary friends is a great feature on FriendFeed which allows you to track people even if they are not on the FriendFeed network. Feeds from imaginary friends are only viewable to the logged in users (private).

Now each person is individually tracked by the imaginary friends, they will show up as a row in clusters:

SML Friendfeed Flickr Friends Feed / 2009-09-10 / SML Screenshots (by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)

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