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?
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 =)