I really love Flickr and it’s support of various kinds of Creative Commons licensing, which I’ve used to share my photos with various websites. My favorite site that I’ve shared with lately is Oddly Specific, which I heard about at the Microsoft PDC09 keynote speech, and to which I submitted my favorite sign ever:
I really love their site, and will be submitting often. But this posts is about the times that I see my work in unexpected places.
Occasionally, I look through the referrers to my photostream, though, and find very amusing (and usually fully attributed) uses of my photos. For instance, I have never been to Foley, Alabama or the Magnolia Hotel, and yet they used one of my photos –
Of course, I’m extremely flattered that they used my photograph, and will now have to visit both their hotel and their Antique Rose Trail – I might even offer them a new photo from in, instead of them having to use this one from the Antique Rose Emporium in Independence, TX.
This Digg post cause my Flickr photo of a funnel cloud jump to 35 thousand views in a couple of days. Imagine my surprise when I stopped by my Flickr statistics, and saw all those views!!!!
Oddly, I also show up on several flower references like for Bells of Ireland and Indian Blankets. I love taking pictures of flowers, so I really enjoy seeing my pictures being used as examples on these sites.
I guess the moral of this ramble down Flickr lane is to keep an eye on your statistics and referrers – you never know where you’re going to see your own photograph looking back at you!!