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The Great Flickr Tools Collection

(Migrated weblog post from LSR)

Not long ago I shared a superb weblog post from Quick Online Tips about Absolutely Del.icio.us – Complete Tool Collection and I found it so interesting that I have been browsing around and subscribed to their feed already for a couple of days. They have got tons of great stuff that would be of general interest for most folks keen on learning some more about Technology stuff and so forth.

But there was one other particular weblog post that I found quite entertaining, since it is going to give me something to play with this weekend and it is this one: The Great Flickr Tools Collection. Indeed, a weblog post that covers all the different tools available for one of my favourite web offerings out there: Flickr. And wow ! Are there lots of tools and options out there or what ? If you check it out you will find some of the most popular Flickr tools already available like the ‘Send to Flickr’ Bookmarklet, the Flickr Organizr or the “Send To Flickr” Windows XP Explorer Wizard.

All of those and a whole bunch more are official tools from Flickr. However, the interesting part of the weblog post is the following section since it just lists a number of different tools created by Flickr users as opposed to the official tools. So that is where you will find Flidget (That I am currently using with Konfabulator), Geobloggers (I may weblog about it some time in the near future), a FireFox extension (Flickrfox), the Flickr badge plugin for WordPress (Although it is not currently used in Blogsome) and the list goes on and on and on.

I cannot wait for the weekend to get started, really. Having been a Flick fan all along I just cannot help thinking that this weekend I will be spending some time going through each of the different tools and see which ones I would want to keep and work further with them. Once I am done with that filtering of these tools I may be sharing how it all went and what my experience has been so far. So stay tuned for some more ! But for the time being go and check out The Great Flickr Tools Collection as I am sure there will be something for you out there.

Have a good one !

Oh, before I finish the weblog post… Did you get a chance to look into some of the pictures I have been sharing in my Flickr account this week? I hope you did because otherwise you may have been missing pictures like these three:

Of my favourite of the week:


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Absolutely Del.icio.us – Complete Tool Collection

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Anybody who has been showing a growing interest in social software, like groupware, social bookmarking or social networking tools, for instance, would probably already know by now about one of the most popular social bookmarking tools out there: del.icio.us.

Del.icio.us is one of those services that allows you to store your favourite bookmarks on the web so, regardless where you are or what computer you are using, you always have got quick access to your favourite links. And even more when you can also search and look for other people’s bookmarks. This social bookmarking tool has been around for quite some time and although my bookmarks are only starting to grow as we speak I still love the service for what it does: storing and sharing with others your favourite links.

What you may not know is that there seems to be out there a huge collection of Del.icio.us hacks that you could use to improve your own Del.icio.us experience. And over at Quick Online Tips they seem to have been doing an incredible piece of work. And if you do not believe me check out Absolutely Del.icio.us – Complete Tool Collection where you can find one of the most extensive listing of Del.icio.us hacks that you can find out there on the Web.

I am sure that there will be something in that weblog post for everyone. It would just be a matter of time and a little effort to just go through it and see which ones you would want to make use of. I am already in the process of choosing my favourites and although I am already using some of them that I have found elsewhere it is great to see what other interesting things you can get done with your own bookmarks. So go and have a look and see which one would be your favourite hack. I am sure there would be more than one but since we have got to start somewhere we might as well get going right away and dig in further. This promises to be some really good fun !

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Social Networking and Video4Skype

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WOW ! I just couldn’t help posting another weblog entry about the latest, and awesome, plugin for Skype called Video4Skype and which I talked about yesterday. So far today I have been trying it out with a couple of friends and work colleagues and I am very much impressed not only for the quality of the image but also because of the ease of use, set up and configuration steps that need to take place in order to get it working. Literally, in less than 10 seconds after install it is all up and running. Fantastic !

For somebody like me who has always been very passionate about social networking and social software the new plugin from Skype may be the beginning of a new era where IM chats, VoIP and videoconferencing come together under a single platform that allows folks to decide which medium they would like to use to communicate depending on the level of trust they may have developed in between the different parties. So, for instance, somebody who may just be getting started to know some other person (an acquaintance, or a work colleague) may prefer to use IM chat and start the chat that way and build up from there.

However, somebody who may have had already a number of different contacts with a particular individual and feel that there is already some trust in place may venture into starting an VoIP chat and let the voice come through. And now with Video4Skype people who have got a much more comfortable level of trust, like in family, friends or close work colleagues, things can be taken into another level by allowing people to see each other at the same time that they may be having an IM chat, or exchanging files or even on an VoIP chat.

As I said, what Video4Skype enables now in Skype is the possiblity of people to break the space and timezone barriers and get closer to one another, not only to get in touch with your family or your friends but also for your day to day job, where you can now put a face to that person behind all those e-mails, phone calls or IM chats. Just fantastic !

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