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Picasa – Flickr for your desktop?

Picasa – Flickr for your desktop?

Being a total Flickr fan (so much so I might even pay for a year’s subscription soon!), one of the great things about it is the way you can tag photographs to designate them a certain category, in much the same way that you can do that with Gmail. Naturally, you can also give photographs multiple tags.

I’ve just downloaded Picasa, a new bit of photo management software. It’s got lots of pretty features, but the main reason I’ll use it as opposed to my existing “throw the pics into a specific folder in Windows and hope my memory copes” method is precisely the ability to multipally tag pictures.

Finally, I can have a picture of my family at Christmas, and tag it as BOTH family and christmas. Perfect. So if you like Flickr, go run and download Picasa now.

Now if only Picasa could integrate with Flickr properly so you could upload a pic direct to Flickr! There is a method of integrating Picasa and Flickr via email (well, Gmail) but it’s not exactly elegant. So I just stick to labelling my best pics Flickr, and uploading them manually.

Incidentally, many more intellectual geniuses than myself have been devoting some serious thinking time to this notion of tagging data. Or folksonomy, as it’s apparently termed by those in the know.

Now if only someone on this crazy Lazyweb could get on with it and let me tag my desktop-based-email and bookmarks in the same way as I can do online with Gmail and Del.icio.us – things I’m not particularly interested in sharing with the rest of the world!

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