I know I’m late to write about this but in spending so much time on flickr I’ve gotten used to and excited about tags.
On flickr tags are words or short phrases used to describe an image.
Tags for this image might be:
Clicking on a tag on flickr will display all of the pictures in your account that share that tag, for instance, Erin.
Tags and categories/sets
Tags are different from categories or what we call “sets” on flickr. In some ways tags replace categories but sometimes it’s useful to have a courser way to sort through large amounts of information. I still make flickr sets and still give posts on this weblog categories although I think the importance of that structural element will diminish in time as more people get used to tags.
Once you wrap your brain around the possibilities you can use tags creatively as a way to sort and find images. In exploring flickr via tag clicking you may notice the link on the left side of pages: See all public photos tagged with erin. This will be true for any tag you use and so, it’s useful to get a sense of what the common tags are if you want your pictures to interact with others on flickr.
You can see a list of the most popular flickr tags at any time, in case you’re undecided about how to tag your photos so they “connect” with others. The way they are displayed is called a “tag cloud,” more use makes for bigger type.
I’ve been using tags to sort out the lenses and camera gear I used to take pictures and it’s been quite useful to me and I’m told, to others who look at my images on flickr. Here are a few of my commonly used gear tags (clicking on these will display all the images I took with that gear):
Canon EOS 20D
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 L
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 macro
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 L
Canon EF 135mm f/2 L
Canon EF 200mm f/2.8 L
Using tags with WordPress
There are various plugins that allow the use of tags with WordPress, the weblog engine used to power this web site. I’ve been looking into both the plugins as well as how high end designers are using them at their sites.
I’ve also been looking into a new archiving system for this web site. There are now enough posts up here so that finding older ones is awkward if you happened to tune in late.
Tags and archiving systems and a structural hierarchy are all things mulling around in my head at the moment. I hope to update this site to reflect that mulling in the coming few months.