Flickr: Open Up Tagging Your Photos to the Community, Please [en]

[fr] Permettez à tous les membres de Flickr de taguer vos photos. Moins de travail pour vous et de meilleurs tags pour vos photos!

Tagging one’s photos precisely on Flickr can be a bit of a drag, especially when you upload [over 200 conference photographs]( full of people you don’t necessarily know. Personally, I go through my photos once before uploading them, and the last thing I want to do when I’ve uploaded them is go through them *again* to add tags.

However, I find myself looking at other people’s photos with interest, and it doesn’t take much effort to quickly add a tag or a name while I’m doing that.

Tagging a Photo

Unfortunately, many Flickr users open up tagging only to their contacts (the default, IIRC). My account was like that for a long time. When I [met Derek Powazek in Lausanne](, he told me he had opened up tagging to everybody on Flickr, and that people really participated. I decided to try, and it works. **And** you do retain control in case somebody does something stupid (happened to me… maybe once?)

People are Tagging My Photos!

(I could show you pages and pages and pages like that for [my Reboot photos](

So, please, do us a favour (and do me a favour, if you’re taking photographs of me and not [tagging them stephaniebooth]( “Most of them by me, see?”)).

Go to your [Photo Privacy Preferences page]( (this link will take you there if you’re already logged in to Flickr) and make sure it looks something like this:

Open Up Your Tags To The Community

Then, add tags like [needstags]( or [needsnames]( to encourage people to help out. And pass the word around to your friends…


**Update, Friday 21st**

I just realised this is not retroactive. So it only applies to the new photos you upload. If you want to change those permissions on your previously uploaded photos (which I recommend!), you need to [go through the organiser]( I’m not sure there is a way to do them all in one go.

Flickr: changing photo permissions

Flickr: change photo permissions

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18 thoughts on “Flickr: Open Up Tagging Your Photos to the Community, Please [en]

  1. sure, just going to do that now (on the assumption that my Flickr account is set to the default…. ). Shame this is a bit hidden, isn’t it!

  2. I’m having exactly the same issue with photos taken at HackDay and last week’s Flickr party in London – so this is definitely worth doing. Thanks for the tutorial, Steph 🙂

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