Computer Art Photo Sharing.. Flickr hasn’t changed much at all since its inception and for that I am grateful. Something as important to me as my art deserves a home away from home that will remain. I said that once, but on second thought, I find Flickr has indeed changed. The change I speak of has everything to do with the changes happening at Flickr’s Mother-ship Yahoo. They have changed helm 5 times in the last 5 years (we’ve all heard about Yahoo’s CEO revolving door theory). The changes making headlines for Yahoo this season are rooted deep in the original awesome factor of Flickr. Part of Flickr’s awesomeness came from its simplicity, the fact that it worked well and its obvious lack of bombardment by advertisers on its members. For many of us, Flickr was an incubator, a hub for like-minded souls who respect each-other and support one another in ways that groups of artists always have. There has always been a band of loyalty wrapped around the Flickr community.

I speak of these things because I read a great article recently about the newest CEO of Yahoo, Marrisa Mayer Called Internet Asks New Yahoo CEO Very Nicely to “Please Make Flickr Awesome Again”  I have decided to love the idea of Yahoo being the come-back-kid. We all love a come-back. It seems the further they have to come to get back, the more we love their effort. Yahoo might be bent by the weight of what it has become, advertiser central with serious hosting and server issues. They might also benefit from a perfecting of service with ‘state of the art’ in mind. I would tell them to dump the ads, go minimalist, go Yahooo ooo. Be the best at what you do and the customers will come by the droves. Options are limited for those who need websites with great hosting plans, some are already there at Yahoo having built our website homes atop the Yahoo platform. It is an impossible thought to switch servers at this point. The history of the url http://urlmd.com is priceless to my business and switching servers would, for many of us, mean starting over. I dig loyalty and hope that Yahoo will see my loyalty as an opportunity to make it right and make it good then jump on and hold on for dear life. The amount of pride I would feel for Yahoo if they acknowledged their past, present and future in a way that is unapologetic yet forgivable, would be monumental. Change is inevitable but good change is possible.

Photo sharing art through computer technology is a brilliant concept today and 70 years ago. It took a long time but, fortunately, we got there. We have arrived to the exchange mecca extraordinaire. I can now take a photo or create digital art and upload to share it right away to lots of different social networks at the same time. There are even websites that will do all of that for you. I like to share my new website posts and pages with the Jetpack social sharing plugin I’ve integrated with my WordPress theme. As soon as I create a new post or page with my art, it’s automatically shared with Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook and Google+.  You can use great sharing platforms like HootSuite, TweetDeckSocialOomph. To use these services, you will first sign up for social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Linkden, Tumblr, Instagram and others. You could connect your website or art editing software with these social networks yourself or use one of the sharing platforms, either way, you can’t lose. Sharing photos of your artwork with your social networks is a valuable way to get your art out there and seen by many people.

There are many ways to plugin, upload and share. Find out more about sharing photos of your computer art by reading the articles,  WHAT, WHEN, AND HOW TO SHARE ON SOCIAL MEDIA, by Courtney Seiter and 13 Social Networking Sites You Should Be Using by Elise Moreau.

The featured computer art is called Seeing Contrast by artist Mary Clanahan.

 

 

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