Dive into the Flickr Pool!

Nicole Kempka - 10.06.2009

Last month I took my daughter to Birch Aquarium at Scripps. As we were walking around the shark tank she saw a huge plastic shark head with his jaws wide open. You could go this shark head and have you picture taken. My daughter though it was funny and wanted to do it. I on the other hand was fascinated by the sign next to the shark head asking visitors to upload your photo to the Birch Aquarium Flickr pool.

I love taking photos and I love sharing the photos I take. When I first started blogging I have found that Flickr is the easiest way to manage my photos, sharing them and embed them into my blog posts. I can easily search for photos using tags. You can create groups and pools to create collections of themed photos. It helps me as a photographer to challenge my skills and see things through a lens in different ways. What was so interesting about Birch Aquarium's approach to using Flickr is that they found a way for their visitors to stay invested, they found a way to save money on photography and they are developing community of followers in a new form of social media.


Birch Aquarium at Scripps flickr pool

Nonprofits who have events would benefit from using Flickr pools. For example, Friends of Maddie's March of Dimes March for Maddie has over 600 photos in their Flickr pool. They get to see their event from a participant's eye. They can embed a slideshow of the pool photos easily into a content page on their website. Participants who were at the event might be able to find a photo of themselves they could use on their personal online donation page. So, dive in to the Flickr pool and enjoy your events though your participants' eyes.


Are you using Flickr in your nonprofit to help develop community ?  Leave us a comment and let us know how you're using the tool!


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