be an OpenSim evangelist


Flickr used to be $24.95 USD per year, if you wanted to post more than 200 pictures. it’s easy to have more than 200 pics if you are doing in-world snapshots

i started using flickr right after starting in Second Life – it was a great way to help the SEO of the blog and well worth the $24.95 since i was originally trying to raise awareness for my SL land business (what a sucker i was! but i learned a lot and met neat people) =)

but . . . spending $25 a year to host pics just for the heck of it seems wasteful (to a sometimes frugal person like me anyway) and not everyone does it

i’ve often touted how sharing your pics, and even videos, of your uses of Second Life or OpenSim helps others see value in virtual worlds and possibly give them a try

in OpenSim, we have a small user base (compared to things like WoW and facebook) and no formal marketing. even Second Life doesn’t have any real marketing efforts . . .

for OpenSim, the blogosphere, twitter, YouTube, and Flickr are the main ways in which new users are reached

how many of you decided to try out the virtual world based off of something you saw online?

the power of just the right image has made the difference between some people trying it out or not. i’m a prime example! i decided to try Second Life because of the virtual aloft blog and their YouTube videos. the rest is living history! =D

well Flickr is no longer $24.95! now you can upload for free! =)

and free isn’t 200 pics anymore, it’s a terabyte! how big is that for pics?

well if you are on a 1920 x 1080 monitor that would be over one and a half million photos! (1,500,000 pics!) i have 14,885 pics online and Torley has 30,886!!! o_O

you can be that person that turns on a new user regardless of what you use OpenSim for. if you like doing such and such in the virtual world, chances are that others do too. they simply might not know it yet

if i had never seen the virtual aloft, i probably would never have found this joy i now have. i love doing what i do in OpenSim and can’t imagine my real world without it

if you don’t have one – get a Flickr account and start uploading snapshots of what you like about OpenSim. you can be the one that helps others discover something rewarding =)


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written by Ener Hax

June 27th, 2013 at 7:42 am

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  1. Great post Ener! I’m quite a fan of Flickr myself and I love that they are making it free to put up more stuff. I had capped my free account with them and halted adding more. This is good motivation to update with some fresh new pictures.

    Jamie Wright

    27 Jun 13 at 10:22 am

  2. and while i’m not a fan of the current layout, i do like that you can have your own header image

    Jamie, you have a very interesting life as an avatar so your pics would appeal to many people (i LOVED your last blog post – truly outstanding):


    Ener Hax

    27 Jun 13 at 12:14 pm

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  4. There’s also Instagram that can help spread the word.

    Virtual Clover

    28 Jun 13 at 3:08 am

  5. thanks Virtual Clover, i don’t know much about Instagram and what about Pinterest? would that be an option also?

    thanks for the tip! =)

    the more channels, the better, because while i haven’t used Instagram, zillions of others have – this is like advertising any product – the more places the better the reach

    Ener Hax

    28 Jun 13 at 6:46 am

  6. I had just got used to Flickr being useful when they dumbed it down and threw it in my face. Now I need to wheel my chair halfway back across the room to read the screen, and it still just has big pictures, not enough whitespace, and no writing.

    I joined the tens of thousands complaining, and started an Ipernity account.

    Now I have just tried loading some images to Ipernity, which I found preferable to Flickr, and probably more useful from a personal perspective. Also, it’s based in the EU, under EU regulations, a good thing nowadays.

    But I also tried loading the same images to Flickr. It was harder,and I dislike the display intensely, but it’s big and bright, and I suspect Flickr gets more exposure. So, good for marketing, which I suppose is what I’m doing.

    I assume Flickr dumbed down, I mean adjusted, for smartphone use, all big shiny pictures, and that may be the way to get exposure.

    Anyhow, my two sets of images are

    Ipernity at

    Flickr at

    Keith Selmes

    28 Jun 13 at 4:05 pm

  7. i am with you 100% Keith – i am not a fan of the new look. i liked the individual images (was it like 2 columns of 5 or 6 each) and really liked the old “set” view

    you can still pull that up but you have to make a link like this:

    well poop! adding ?detail=1 used to work but doesn’t seem too anymore =(

    oh, i had it wrong, this still works:

    Ener Hax

    28 Jun 13 at 4:11 pm

  8. I can get that view by going to photostream, then edit, and get this url,
    (edit: ah took too long, Ener posted again)

    but it’s the whole photostream.

    There seem to be some ways round, but it is harder to use, if you really want to use it.

    I doubled the number of OpenSim images on Ipernity !
    A job worth doing I think.
    The other OpenSimmers seem to be all French.
    Aujourd’hui Ipernity, demain, le monde

    Keith Selmes

    28 Jun 13 at 4:24 pm

  9. nice on the french!

    i agree, the link is not an ideal way to go unless you were sending that to someone directly or using it as a link in a portfolio

    it would be nice if the account owner could select how they would like it displayed to the world

    Ener Hax

    29 Jun 13 at 12:46 pm

  10. keith, did you build all that stuff? I love them all and particularly your tractors!

    if you built those, you have seriously mad building skiils! they all look fabulous! =)

    Ener Hax

    30 Jun 13 at 10:17 am

  11. All my own work, except for the leather seat texture on the old car, which is from CG textures.

    Think I picked up quite a bit from this blog, and a lot of practice.
    Always some new ideas to try out.

    Trying to sort out some scripting now …

    Keith Selmes

    1 Jul 13 at 11:36 am

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