Chapter 3: Getting Started with Flickr and Pinterest

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arrow.png Signing up and navigating Flickr

arrow.png Using Pinterest

Although Flickr and Pinterest revolve around posting pictures on the Internet, they’re actually quite different.

Flickr, as shown in Figure 3-1, is a great place to put your picture collection, so the pics are easy to organize and share with friends and family. If you’re a serious photographer and want to get your pictures noticed and published — and you don’t care about making money with them — Flickr has great features and community.

Figure 3-1: Flickr revolves around photos and sharing your photos with your friends.


Flickr was created in 2004, and bought by Yahoo! in 2005. One of the few Yahoo! acquisitions that hasn’t gone into a downward spiral, Flickr now has more than 50 million registered users, with more than 6 billion pictures online.

Pinterest, by contrast, is a young upstart, which only opened its doors (and web pages) in 2010. It’s been growing exponentially. In January, 2012, Pinterest overtook LinkedIn (see Book V, Chapter 4), YouTube, and Google+ for the total number of referrals to other sites. Pinterest (see Figure 3-2) is a visual bookmarking ...

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