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Ten Years on Twitter

By |2018-10-16T14:25:52+00:00October 16th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

October 15th marked a special anniversary. It’s ten years since i signed up for my @richflintphoto Twitter account at 1.43pm on October 15th 2008. 
With the large and very active photography community regularly discussing everything photography, it’s become my number one source for keeping up-to-date with news and events in the photography world.

The last decade on Twitter has been a interesting journey, though the first few months saw little in the way of tweeting. Having set up my account i just didn’t know what to do with Twitter! Fortunately by January 2009, I’d slowly started to figure out how i could use my new Twitter account. Over the years my approach to tweeting has changed quite a lot. Just like most people’s first tweets, mine won’t win any awards. Most of the time i use Twitter as a quick way to link to photography i think people should see.  I even tweet about i’m up to occasionally!

It’s not always been a smooth journey though. Like many other social media networks, it can be intense at times, even overwhelming. A data stream overload of images and opinions rushing by you like speeding traffic. A number of times I’ve been very tempted to delete the account, but fortunately I’ve never acted on the impulse. I’m glad i haven’t. It does have value and i’d miss it. Twitter’s strength is the great community it builds who that only informs but educates too. I’m just thankful to be a small part of it.

Twitter’s future seems pretty secure. Fortunately it hasn’t really changed that much in the last ten years. The recent doubling of characters to 256 for tweets was a very welcome change for many, but otherwise the improvements have been far more subtle. Why try fix something that isn’t broken. Editing a published tweet would be handy to correct those spelling errors that can creep in, but it doesn’t seem high on Twitter’s priorities. 

So ten years gone, here’s the the next decade worth of adventures on Twitter at https://twitter.com/richflintphoto

Going, Going… Gone

By |2018-01-30T14:24:46+00:00January 30th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

Nearly the end of January (how time flies by!) and time to mention number of changes have been made over the last few weeks, as part of a streamlining of my social media and online presence for 2018.

During the latter part of 2017, i decided that i was going to reduce my social media usage and concentrate on certain platforms, rather than try and cover several accounts. The decision was also influenced by an increasing weariness with social media. Twitter and Instagram accounts will be the main accounts with an increase in postings to Instagram.

The services that have been archived or deleted are:-

AudioBoom – the page has been archived but will no longer have new recordings added to it. Any new recordings will be added to the current podcast feed.

Photography Printshop – The website that was no longer required. It has been replaced with the print shop on the this website. The site was deleted.

darker-skies.com domain –  I was never completely satisfied with the domain address, so it has been removed. The Darker Skies blog now has the default WordPress address of darkerskies.wordpress.com that will be used for the foreseeable future.

Paperli – An online paper that was published everyday at 6pm UTC linked on Twitter. This paper has been deleted after quite a few years of use. In the end, the relevance of the paper seemed to have passed by and the content filters were increasing failing to adequately filter out news that was not photography related.

Pinning on Pinterest

By |2017-03-13T11:46:49+00:00May 23rd, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

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I seem to have had a revelatory moment over the weekend when it comes to Pinterest, a photo sharing website that I’ve had an account with for some time (18 months or more) but could never work out what to do with. Well suddenly the answers fell into place.

I logged into Pinterest again to have another look and was suddenly confronted by some really interesting portrait pins (or photos to the rest of us) of several Vietnam war photojournalists that inspired me to become a photographer. Many of these images I’d never seen before and included names such as Catherine Leroy, Sean Flynn, Dana Stone and David Douglas Duncan. Often you get to see the images by these photographers but never the actual person behind the camera. It’s great being able to see and bookmark these images for future reference, although i have to admit the copyright issue is a slight concern. It’s early days for my Pinterest page but I’m enjoying it and finding it useful for my photography.

Pinterest CEO Ben Silbermann summarized the Pinterest company as a “catalog of ideas,” rather than as a social network and i think that a pretty accurate description of what Pinterest is about. I’ve found that the boards (Pinterest allows users to save images and categorize them on different boards) are quite insightful into the Pinterest user – more so than other websites. I currently have fourteen boards which cover subjects from photojournalism to stage and theatre. Alan Rickman seems to appear a lot too. Bizarrely I found a photo location in Edinburgh I’m going to use later in the year via a 1991 Edinburgh fringe publicity photo featuring Alan doing the Tango!

More about that in a later post… 🙂

My Pinterest page can be found at https://uk.pinterest.com/richflintphoto

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