OK, so a few few people like Mike Seyfang and Neil Gorman have picked up on my previous post about the tag to create a yearbook directory for events out of Flickr. That’s all cool, but I’ve noticed two issues with my own idea.
1. Flickr tagging doesn’t work the way I thought it did. I thought — this being frigging Web 2.0 and all — that anyone could tag any photo. In fact, to tag it needs to either be your own photo or you need to be a friend of the photo owner and they have to allow for friends to tag photos. I don’t know if this is a stopper or not. It seems reasonable that almost everyone has a photo of themselves that they could use, although I have no photos of myself from PME 2006.
2. I’m fond of noting URLs that have alternate interpretations, like how AntIsNotTV.org can also be parsed as AntiSnotTV.org. In the same way, YouMetMeAt can also be parsed as YouMetMeat and Flickr lowercases all the tags, so it comes out as “youmetmeat____” . This is a little funny, but perhaps a bit offputting. Perhaps we should change it to “YouMetMe@”. I dunno, I’m looking for input on this.