New Commercial Image Source, Oh Joy!

Each week in Professional Communication and Presentation, I hold a live class session for my online student using GoTo Training. I look forward to these trainings; it’s one of my only chances to collaborate and communicate synchronously with the 50-75 students I teach each month. Another wonderful result of these weekly trainings is how much I learn from my students, particularly in terms of examples and resources. Last night, a student shared an alternative to my favorite Flickr search engine, Compfight.com. Photo Pin is similar to Compfight in that it uses Flickr’s API and creative commons selections to search for commercial content. The algorithms used by these sites are different: Compfight searches based on license, image tags, and originals; Photo Pin searches based on license, relevance to the search terms, interestingness (how is this determined?), and currentness. Both sites yield different results based on the same search term, which is refreshing as what might not work in one site may work in another. Photo Pin, like Compfight, offers a preview and popup downloading option. Compfight’s popup allows one to check the license directly, whereas Photo Pin redirects the user to the image’s flickr location (not necessarily a bad thing as often, one can find more images from a user this way).

One of the upsides to Compfight is that it lists the number of images available. Knowing this helps me determine whether or not my current search term is going to yield potentially fruitful results.

One of the upsides to Compfight is that it lists the number of images available. Knowing this helps me determine whether or not my current search term is going to yield potentially fruitful results.

 

Photo Pin's adjectival search (recent, relevance, interestingness) yields completely different results for the same search term, expanding the number of options significantly.

Photo Pin’s adjectival search (recent, relevance, interestingness) yields completely different results for the same search term, expanding the number of options significantly.

 

I will be using Photo Pin for my next project to test out it’s usefulness, but on first glance, it’s an excellent addition to the blogger/designer repertoire.

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