Administrating and moderating a photosharing group


About Flickr and my public =membership= group

Flickr’s pointers for creating a thriving community:

  1. ((Invite your friends and anyone you know who is interested in what you are interested in. Having group members is the first step in having a successful group!))  For my membership group applies : Verify and accept or decline membership requests
  2. Visit the group frequently. Groups thrive with daily discussion, and with daily responses from other members of the community, in chat and on the discussion boards.
  3. Moderate, moderate, moderate! Successful groups are kept in check by good moderation. Tend that garden; pull the weeds, mow the lawn, prune the roses, etc. To help you moderate your group, you can enlist other members to become moderators. Moderators don’t have full administrative power, but they can help you moderate pool submissions, keep tabs on discussions, and weed out the people who don’t play by the rules.

The group guidelines:

> 1 to 3 photos per week ;
> if opportune, tell us about the photo : why and/or where and/or how (aperture, shutter time, camera and lens…)
> ask us for feedback by tagging your photo “feedback”.

Please give critique back when you ask for feedback.

No other rules. The aim is to learn and to inspire each other.

That looks simple and straight forward yes? But often, also here, things are not what they seems. Although membership is growing and we have three moderators in the group, I am doubting the “thriving” part. What’s thriving? Comments, interaction? Is the group too divers? Can we improve on focus? Must look at other groups…  (to be continued…)

Participatory media and social networking

Interesting reading about the powerful possibilities of the web for and by the people.

Article TimesOnline “How the world wide web has ushered in a new age of digital democracy”.

“Users are increasingly participating in the kind of digital democracy the internet enables. New concepts, such as the social graph, social networking, citizen journalism and participatory media, have emerged that enable people to connect and interact online in entirely new and interesting ways.”

“The “citizen journalist” has stepped forward and mobile phones have become a means of recording and transmitting breaking stories”.

The New York Times | Journalism in the Hands of the Neighborhood

Artikel in De Journalist : Een fotojournalist laat zich niet zomaar in regels vangen. “Weg met de amateur-journalisten”.

Network development cooperation photographers

Networking with photographers who focus on development cooperation

I would be interested to join a network of photographers who are involved in development cooperation issues/themes, who work (on assignment) on documentaries in ACP countries.

Please contact me if you know a network, work in that area or if you are interested in international development cooperation and network with photographers in ACP countries. Thanks.