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Back Up Your Flickr With Bulkr

Just a few weeks ago, we talked about a photographer whose photos Flickr accidentally deleted. There were more than 4000 original pictures on the account that was wiped out. Thankfully, the owner had copies of these images on his computer. What about you, though? Do you have copies of every Flickr photo on your hard drive? Many people don’t – and that could be disastrous one day.

We all know what a pain it is to save pictures found on Flickr – especially if there’s a heck of a lot of them inside of a particular set. Using Bulkr makes it a snap. Back up your photos with ONE click – or download any albums you choose (as long as you have permission!) in any of four different sizes.

Other features of this excellent program include:

  • Write title, tags, description, geotag to EXIF(XMP)
  • Preview images before download
  • Auto resume download if connection breaks
  • Download creative commons photos – up to 500 at a go from Flickr search, your photostream, others’ photostreams, your favorites, any Flickr group and explored photos.

Try it out for free, and grab the pro version while it’s on sale. Normal price for Bulkr Pro is $30.00 – you can get it right now for only $24.99 on the official website. Don’t take a chance on losing all of your memories – back them up the easy way.

Yahoo! Removing Video Content

Well. Yahoo! CEO Carol Bartz sure wasn’t kidding when she announced in her layoff letter that the company is changing much of their focus. I received an email today “politely” informing me that the struggling online service is going to nix their video content – ALL of their video content. They’re kindly offering me a tool to use to download and save my videos. Thankfully, I’ve also uploaded this same content to much more reliable and stable sites. I don’t have to worry about it. That’s not true for everyone, though.

In the succinct email, it was stated that Yahoo! “will be removing all general user-generated content upload capability and user-uploaded video from Yahoo! Video. As a result, your videos, user profiles, ratings, favorites, and playlists will no longer be available after March 14, 2011. User video content from Yahoo! Video that remains embedded on third party sites will no longer be playable after March 14, 2011.”

Some users have a lot of content on that network… and nowhere else. Sure, they can download their videos and save them. Can they download their ratings, comments and profiles? Of course they cannot. Those things are simply going to be gone.

The good news is that you can take the time to upload that same content to Flickr. The popular photo site now allows video uploads, along with your pictures. However, you can only upload clips of 90 seconds or less, they have to be content you created yourself, and they have to meet some pretty strict requirements as far as “appropriate” levels go. Think of these as “long photos.”

What are your thoughts? Do you even use Yahoo! at all these days? Will you bother to download any videos you may have on their sites?

Create a Flickr Photo Map on Your Apple Device

The Flickr Photo Map will drop photos onto your map instantly as you zoom and pan to your location. You can explore the world like you never have before. Check out your photos from anywhere on Earth. Scan through the sands of the deserts or hop across the various islands found in the Caribbean.

The app is simple to use. You can search through photos by Tag, Flickr Username, Text Description or Place. View your current location to see pictures others have taken nearby, or zoom to the country you’ve always wanted to visit. You’ll be able to imagine yourself relaxing at the places you wish you could be in. Pinch and scroll your way across any continent… any state… any city or remote location.

The Flickr Photo Map is optimized for the iPad, iPod touch and iPhone. Once you buy it, it will work on all of your devices. The photo stream is refreshed constantly, the moment you check out somewhere new. You can choose between road view, satellite view and hybrid! Checking out new locations has never been this much fun.

Apple TV Moves to Rental Model, Drops Price to $99

Apple TV

DISCLAIMER: I thought the first Apple TV was relatively useless.

Today, Apple announced significant changes to Apple TV at the press event held in San Francisco (which, by the way, was streamed LIVE for the world to watch). The new Apple TV, available by the beginning of October, comes in at 1/4 the size of the original. It’s smaller than a sandwich. You can use a Tupperware container as your carrying case now – provided you’ve cleaned it first.

But there are tastier details to sink your teeth into!

There’s no media to keep track of anymore (through klutzy synching processes and whatnot) – everything will stream live into the tiny slice of digital heaven through either a network cable or WiFi (802.11n). As someone who hates storing media, this change is most welcomed. There’s a reason I use and love both Pandora and Rhapsody for my music, and why I’ve taken to Hulu for available TV show viewing. And on that note…

Once you’ve set up your new Apple TV, you’ll be able to “choose from the largest online selection of HD movies to rent, including first run movies for just $4.99, and the largest online selection of HD TV show episodes to rent from ABC, ABC Family, Fox, Disney Channel and BBC America for just 99 cents.” That’s quite a competitive price for legally-attainable media in conjunction with a convenient interface and service. Not sure I’ll take advantage of this part of the Apple TV, though; I’m not into à la carte media consumption.

Netflix subscribers (like myself) have access to the entire streaming library of Netflix videos. If the video is in your instant queue, you’re just a few clicks away from watching it with Apple TV. You can also view streaming media from YouTube and Flickr – plus watch your favorite podcasts (like a certain someone’s) and access streaming media and images on the computers in your home.

Job(s) well done.

Oh, did I remember to tell you that the price of this sophomore effort has also been cut by 66%! That brings the Apple TV price point to US$99 – a great impulse buy for gadget geeks and mediaphiles. I’ll buy one, pick up a few extra HDMI and power cables, then tote a single unit around the house with me.

While I never considered purchasing the original Apple TV (not once), I can’t wait for this to ship (available in about four weeks to consumers in the US, Canada, the UK, France, Germany and Australia).

Am I alone with being impressed?

Social Media Site Management Strategy


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On an average day, how many web browsers – or tabs – do you have open at any given time? If you’re like me, there are one heck of a lot of them. Heck, just managing all of your social media sites can be a nightmare. You have to keep track of your Facebook account, your Flickr page, your Google Buzz threads and even your Twitter. You may use a separate utility to keep track of all of this for you. Sometimes, though, those can cause more trouble than they’re worth.

This past weekend, Jake and I put together FaceBuzzer. This is simply eight IFRAMEs put together on one page. What we’re doing is pulling in the iPhone-optimized content from eight of the most popular social-media sites into one easy place.

You can scroll each IFRAME independently, and they are fully functional. You can easily refresh the page, and see the latest information at any given time. You’ll need to log in to your Google account, as well as authenticate the Hahlo account for Twitter. If you hover over a pane (in the white space) and then move your mouse, you can drag-and-drop each IFRAME into whatever order you wish.

FaceBuzzer is not optimized for your iPhone, nor is it intended for use on the iPhone. It’s a way to have all of these experiences in one browser window or tab.

There are small issues, as there can be with any new website. For instance, Google Buzz may give you trouble at times. Keep in mind, however, that Buzz is still fairly new itself.

If there is enough interest, we may look into adding other features in the future, such as being able to close individual frames if one chooses, and / or adding others.

How could this little desktop aggregator be improved upon? Only your support will lead to further development of this collection of IFRAMEs. Yes, customization could be possible.

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eStarling Touchscreen Digital Picture Frame Review


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I’ve had a couple of eStarling digital frames in the past, and been very happy with them. When the folks at eStarling sent me their newest product to review, I was more than happy to take a look – especially since it features a touchscreen! The frame also boasts 802.n networking capability, and automatic firmware updates.

The eStarling TouchConnect Digital Photo frame has a 10.2″ LCD screen, which allows you to see your pictures with nice clarity. There is 2GB of built-in Flash memory, with the ability to add an external SD memory card for more storage. Using the touchscreen, you can quickly set up wireless connection and passwords.

Probably the coolest part of this frame is the social aspect. Yes, you can pull in photos from places such as Flickr, Facebook and Picasa – much like with other similar frames. However, with the TouchConnect, you can grab photos right from within your Gmail.

Provide the credentials of any Gmail account that you choose, and let the TouchConnect do the rest. Forward your photos to that email account, and they’ll show up in your picture frame. Likewise, you can email the photos from your cellphone directly to the frame, as well!

Also, subscribe to any photo RSS feed that interests you, and those pictures will automagically show up on the TouchConnect, as well. Send the RSS feed in question to the Gmail account that you set up with the frame, and they will be fed directly onto the screen.

I have to thank the folks at eStarling again for sending this to me to take a look at. I’ll go a step further than just reviewing it – I’ll be keeping this little gadget right on my desk here in my home office.

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What is an Eye-Fi?


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This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of EyeFi. All opinions are 100% mine.

I used a digital camera to take a photo of the chat room, and then had it automatically transferred to my Flickr account. I could just as easily send it to my Facebook page, or any other account that is supported by the Eye-Fi. The picture was transferred wirelessly over my home network from the camera directly to my desktop… and then right to my Flickr! Using the Eye-Fi SD card, it is a snap to upload photos without having to go through several different steps.

Via the Eye-Fi

The Eye-Fi comes with a handy little reader, since you may not have an SD card reader. The camera itself doesn’t do the transfer, in case you haven’t figured it out. It’s the Eye-Fi SDHC card doing all of the work. It’s automagic!

How often do you forget to download photos from your camera? Actually, a more likely scenario is that you just haven’t made the time to do it. If you have several pictures stored on there, it can take quite awhile for you to download them to your computer, upload them somewhere like Flickr, tag them and finally have them ready for the World to view. Using the Eye-Fi takes almost all of those steps out of the process, saving you time and headaches!

The Eye-Fi SDHC card has up to 4GB of storage, so you don’t have to worry about not having enough room for everything. One of the coolest things is that it provides an automatic backup of your memories by organizing them according to date on your computer for you! Don’t we wish more gadgets or programs would do this for us? Life sure would be easier!

I’m willing to bet you want one of these now for yourself, don’t you? Well – here’s your chance! Twelve of you are going to win one of these awesome little cards [Official Contest Rules]! All you have to do is sign into Twitter, and tweet something like the following:

Hey @ChrisPirillo – I’d like to win a free #eye-fi via http://go.tagjag.com/eyefi4me

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Yes, that’s all there is to it! Twelve people will be randomly selected to win, so get those tweets sent out in a hurry! I already love my Eye-Fi. It’s made my photo experience a thousand times better than it used to be. I think I need a few more of these!

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Kris Krug – Photography Tips


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Kris Krug is part photographer and part open source web entrepreneur. After publishing an online arts magazine, Kris joined Bryght – a community web hosting service which helped create an eco-system of related companies in Vancouver, BC. Kris regularly speaks at conferences and to media about technology and community building in the Internet age. He’s an organizer of Northern Voice blogging conference as well as BarCamps in Beijing and Shanghai, China. Kris moonlights as a fashion and editorial photographer, shooting subjects from dot-com executives to fashion models to rock bands, as well as producing grassroots coverage of events like SXSW and Olympic Games in Turin and Beijing. Find his work online on Flickr and StaticPhotography.com and in numerous online and print media outlets.

Kris was full of amazing tips for all of us, on taking great snapshots of people. We know that many of you take tons of pictures at each conference you attend, and we wanted to help out in that arena. Photos last a lifetime, and these are no exception.

On a side note, the picture he took of Ponzi and Miriam turned out beautifully, as Ponzi had hoped.

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How and Where do You Post Your Digital Photos Online?


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I’ve mentioned ping.fm many times as a wonderful tool to keep your friends up-to-date with what you’re doing. The last thing you want to do is update your status on several networks. Instead, you can use ping.fm to update them all at once. That’s fine for text status updates, but what about photos? What happens when you need to upload one photo to multiple places? Why not use Pixelpipe. Simply create a login, and add your pipes.

Liberate your media with Pixelpipe and get your content out to your favorite social network, photo/video and blog service. We support popular destinations and provide a number of applications to free your media from your desktop and mobile.

Why choose one when you can send your media through Pixelpipe and have it delivered to so many at the same time? Just continue to create your free account and join the liberation.

I have added 37 different destinations that I have loaded now, all places where I might upload photos. I can’t even believe I have that many! I took a picture with my iPhone, and then used Pixelpipe to upload it to all of those sites that I chose. As I upload, I can caption/title the photo if I want, as well. You can also set a list of default keywords, and/or add others as needed. Within a matter of seconds, my image was pushed out to Pixelpipe and then thrown onto my accounts all all of those sites I have set.

How cool is that? I mean, seriously. I upload photos all the time, sometimes several a day. And invariably, I always need to put them in many more than just one place. This makes it so much easier. If I were to read all the sites my photo was sent to, it would take me longer than what it did for Pixelpipe to sneeze it out to them. For free, it’s doing a better job than any other service like it I’ve seen. I will continue to add other photo services through Pixelpipe, and hopefully they’ll continue to improve and upgrade their service.

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Where Do You Search for Stock Photography Images?


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When you need to search for an image, where do you turn first? Most of you will probably answer that you use Google Image search. Some of you might check Flickr, or maybe even other means. Why not use a website that allows you to search several different places – all at once? Cyclops allows you to do just that.

The hours spent laboring through stock photo sites. Desperately searching for the perfect image. It burdened our creativity. Weighed heavily on our visions for design.

But then the perfect solution crowned! And, before long, our beautiful baby Cyclops was born. With his father’s eye for photography, film and illustrations, he knows where to find the best, the most striking and most unique. And with his mother’s “eager to please” attitude, he collects everything he finds and brings it straight to us!

Finally, a helpful little monster who takes the legwork out of searching stock sites. His work, no doubt, will become legendary.

Choose to search through all of the partner sites, or only a few. Currently, you can search the following using Cyclops:

  • BigStockPhoto
  • Flickr
  • Fotolia
  • iStockPhoto
  • Photos.com
  • ShutterStock
  • stockx.xchng

The next time you need photos for a project, or even a background, check out Cyclops first. I guarantee you’re going to find exactly what you’re looking for on the first try.

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Who Needs Photoshop?!


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I have been addicted to the Web since the day it was born. The other day, I did a video about Cameroid which can help you do all sorts of cool things with your video camera. I came upon a link from my friend Mona for a site that is similar to Cameroid… only even better. On PhotoFunia, you will get “the photo software that should have come with your camera”.

Click on any of the pre-defined effects, and then browse your computer to choose a photo. PhotoFunia will automatically apply your selected effect to that picture before displaying it! Once your picture is ready, you can save it to your computer, save it to ImageShack, or save it out as an avatar.

The second place I want to tell you about comes from JoshM. Dumpr is where you create marvellous photos to share with your friends. It’s very similar to both Cameroid and PhotoFunia. Again, you can take an image and throw it into a variety of effects. This site is free, or you can choose to sign up and pay a fee. Once you pay, you’ll have access to even more effects. Once you finish with your photo, you can save it to your computer or Flickr, or send it to others in an email.

So there are two very cool sites you can use to play with your pictures, and create something new.

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Do You Pronounce it GIF (Giraffe) or GIF (Graphic)?


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You may not agree with it, but it is pronounced “Jiff”, according to the person who created it. What do you do if you want to create an animated GIF from a series of photos? And what if you want to pull those photos from somewhere like Flickr? You can do this easily by using Gickr. The feature to grab photos from your Flickr account isn’t quite up and running yet, but will be very soon. You can, however, upload pictures from your computer, and turn them into animated GIFs with ease.

Gickr.com lets you instantly create Animated GIF online, free, right now! Just upload pictures or grab them from your Flickr. Create funny flashy slideshows with you and your friends, cartoons, previews, banners, etc. Post them anywhere you can post pictures: MySpace, Bebo, HI5 etc. No need for flash. Show them to people in our Gallery.

If you know of other free animated GIF creators, let me know. This one is easy to use, and works well enough. What else is out there?

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Do you Embed my Videos or Pictures?

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Someone recently asked me what exactly embedding means? To embed something simply means that you are enclosing or adding something. For instance, you can embed a video into a blog post, or onto YouTube.


We record and upload videos to YouTube. You’re also able to watch those videos on my blog. YouTube allows me to embed the video into my blog. I don’t move the video, or upload it directly to my site. I basically point you to the video, which is hosted on YouTube. Why would I want to do that? Well for one, YouTube bears the burden of the bandwidth. If the videos aren’t hosted on my site, they aren’t eating up my bandwidth. There are also tons of people watching these videos, so having them be on YouTube allows the traffic to be routed through them.


Embedding is a good thing. The only caveat really is where you embed. You need to be careful where you host and upload things, in case the site could someday close its doors. I don’t think YouTube is going anywhere. I don’t think Flickr is going anywhere.


So basically, you take some HTML code, paste it into your blog or website, and presto! The video or picture has been embedded.

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Christmas Wallpaper

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Ahhhh… the holiday season is upon us, whether you’re ready for it or not! We spend a lot of time, money and effort decorating our homes. Regardless of which holiday you may celebrate… I want to know how you deck your desktop!

I get almost all of my desktop wallpaper from Flickr. Flickr is just amazing. There are now over 2 billion images there from people all over the world. Some of these images come from professionals, and many of them come from everyday users like you and me!

If you want to find some great holiday wallpaper, it’s easy with Flickr. Simply do a keyword search for your favorite holiday term(s). You’ll get literally hundreds of matches to choose from. Flickr pictures make excellent quality wallpaper, as well.

If you’d like to send your holiday photos to my digital photo frame, you can upload them to Flickr, and tag them with chrisframe. I am subscribed to an RSS Feed that will automatically download them to my frame.

What do you do to decorate your home, and deck your desktop? Let’s hear from all of you out there!

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