Del.icio.us + Flickr = Cool Postcards

Perhaps this is another reason to install the del.icio.us extension on your public PCs?

Ed Vielmetti has a sneaky little way to send private postcards to people in your del.icio.us network. It goes like this:

  1. Tag a Flickr photo.
  2. Give it some tags.
  3. Include a For:[someone] tag.
  4. Write some neat descriptions.
  5. Click “do not share” on the top right hand corner of the tag form.

ta dah! Your flickr picture with a nice little description will appear in the person’s “links for you” section.

There’s a screen shot of the procedure in action at Ed Vielmetti’s Flickr Page. Jessamyn has already blogged about this as well.

Ok. So maybe Ed’s idea is a bit marginal. But here’s the kicker — at first it was just a little neato thing. Email by del.icio.us. Then you add Flickr and you have postcards — now you are cooking with gas!

What’s next? How about home delivery of documents using scanned docs? Highlighted. With notes. And stored in your del.icio.us with a comment. And a citation. For a collaborative research paper. There are possibilities here, and barriers (ie. copyright stuff) too. But the cool thing is that users are making services better.

Lots of fun to be had and lots of innovation at the same time. Yum!

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