Recently I noticed a couple friends using Flickr essentially as a blog where there’s a decent amount of text corresponding to the images. James added a playlist (which is worth a listen btw) and link to an image while Chris used a photo and video set to display and explain a process sketch. While adding text to an image in Flickr isn’t new I was struck at how close in time I noticed both of them using Flickr for more than just photos. I also thought it was interesting to compare this to how something wouldn’t work like this in Facebook. While people using Flickr do have the option to make something private it just feels more shareable and less intrusive than with other walled gardens.
At the moment we’re living in a fragmented media world. There’s so many tools that basically function the same to publish content. What defines each product is how others can find it, save it and talk about it. With James’ playlist it also found a place on his blog. For comparison I took a screen shot of the same content displayed on Big American Night. I follow James both on Flickr and RSS with his blog so I probably wasn’t going to miss this playlist. But for those that don’t have the inclination trying to follow all methods of publishing it presents a challenge. Is there one tool that can aggregate and display meaningful information that maintains the uniqueness of each platform while making it easy to discover stuff while saving time for the publisher not having to reformat content a million times?