You’d have thought the task was easy enough – Flickr, as the premier photo sharing site in the world (in quality, if not numbers), has supported ‘groups’, communities of like minded snappers, for ages, yet getting your uploaded photos into these groups using just your Android smartphone has been hit and miss over the last year or so. Here’s what to do in the new v3.0.2 and going forwards, to make sure your compositions hit your favourite groups, for appreciation by others.
The issue has been in the way the Flickr app for Android has been rewritten several times recently, with groups functionality getting missed out and then added back in. Yet, even with the latest update it’s still not blindingly obvious how to proceed – hence this short ‘how to’.
‘Groups’ on Flickr are, obviously, groups of users with something in common. While being on Flickr in the first place is being part of a community, it’s an impossibly large one to keep track of – so having specific groups to belong to, each with anything from a handful to thousands of users, becomes a very useful concept. For example, with my Phones Show ‘hat’ on, there’s a dedicated group to just shots taken by listeners and only shot on smartphone cameras. Other common groupings include photos taken on just a particular camera model or just in a particular country. You get the idea.
So, you belong to a Flickr group and have just taken a nice photo on your Android smartphone. How do you get it into the group?
It’s important to realise that you only ever upload a photo once. On Flickr, you then tag the photo appropriately, mess around with its metadata and, if needed, ‘add’ it to a group or too. It’s only a tagging thing – there’s only one copy of the photo on Flickr. (Even though the service then downsamples it to multiple possible download sizes for users, if you allow it!)
This may all sound a bit longwinded, but I’m just trying to spell things out to be helpful. In practice, it’s only a handful of taps, once you ‘get’ the ‘upload and then share’ principle.
Phew! I think the Flickr app development team is done for now. Hopefully any future versions of the application won’t change the way adding to groups works – all over again!