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Photo: Happenstance. Espoo, Finland 4.1.2013 (Edited in G+ Lightbox: Cropping, exposure, colours, Orton-ish & watermark, CC BY Tiina M Niskanen)

Photo: Happenstance. Espoo, Finland 4.1.2013
(Edited in G+ Lightbox: Cropping, exposure, colours, Orton-ish & watermark, CC BY Tiina M Niskanen)

Asking the right question in the right crowd at the right time may have unexpected results – one reason why I love social media.

In my case this means that a novice Androidographer like me, ends up curating a worldwide weekly photo project with two people I never knew before.

Who’ll continue the 2012 project?

I participated in Giuseppe Basile’s and Kate Church’s weekly photo project in Google+ on 2012.

Around 18.12.2012 I asked in a public post the project crew, if they were planning to continue next year. They weren’t.

But Kate offered to help, if someone would. In other comments there seemed to be some interest to see – and even help out – the idea to continue on 2013.

What did we do?

Since there seemed to be no other active parties in sight, I asked Andrew Willard and Iain Harley to hangout and discuss the matter. They had told in their comments that they could help in the project.

We wished the project continue and despite our limited resources we were willing to volunteer as curators. Using the hangout with screenshare and shared Google Document to edit the weekly themes, we got the outlines for the Weekly Photo Project 2013 ready then and there during the first session.

First theme: New Year

We all curators try to also participate in the project with our own photos – mine first photo is the one on this post.

I had seen people attach musical references to their photo posts, so I decided to choose OneRepublic’s “Feel again” for mine – recent tip from a friend.

May your New Year be blessed with friends who give you tips about energizing music!



Google+: Weekly Photo Project 2013
Google+: Andrew Willard
Google+: Iain Harley
Google+: Tiina Niskanen

Hardly Harley by Iain Harley: The Weekly Photo Project for 2013 (21.12.2012)

Google+: Project52-2012
Google+: Giuseppe Basile
Google+: Kate Church

YouTube: Weekly Photo Project Q&A , hosts Andrew Willard and Iain Harley
YouTube: Feel Again by OneRepublic


Edit 16.1.2013: Statistics on Google url shortener
Edit 3.7.2013: The post by Tiina in Google+ that started the project 17.12.2012

2012-7-12 Diaboloing on the roof

Photo: Diaboloing on the roof. Karakallio, Espoo, Finland 12.7.2012 (Edited in Picasa’s Creative Kit: Exposure, colours, cropping, BW & watermark, CC BY Tiina M Niskanen)

I removed all photos by other photographers I had pinned in Pinterest due to copyright issues. I left only my own photos and Google+ feedbacks there.

Most of the photos by others were from Google+. I had already thanked the photographers for their work by plussing and often also sharing, but Pinterest helped me remember the highlights in a gallery form.

Now I think I’ll just share my favourite photos by others in Google+ and use some own hashtags so that I’d find them easier later (#TiinasFavouritePosts  , #TiinasFavouritePostsOfAnimals  etc).

“Lifelong learning” are not just empty words.



Ellen Brundige: Is Pinterest a Haven for Copyright Violations? (Update 21.2.2012)

Opettajan tekijänoikeus by Tarmo Toikkanen: Tekijänoikeuksien uudella rintamalla: Pinterest (9.3.2012)

Google+: Tiina Niskanen (post about Pinterest 19.7.2012)

Edit 16.1.2013: Statistics on Google url shortener

2012-6-4 Summer Photos, ver 1

Summer Photos profile picture

New Photography Theme

There were “Daily Photography Themes” for other seasons in Google+, but not for summer, so I launched the “Summer Photos” page on 6.6.2012.

There were also already some special themes related to summer (beach, shades), but I wanted a theme open to anything summery.

Lessons learned

Earlier I had participated on numerous photo theme pages and launched one business page.

Below are few things that I’ve come across during my short time as a photo theme page curator in Google+:

  1. It’s good to write down some instructions for participants, but not to expect people to read or obey them.
  2. Commonsensical hashtags will probably be invented and used by others, too: don’t expect to own the hashtag you’ve chosen for your page (#SummerPhotos in this case).
  3. If the photo is tagged with the page, it appears automatically on the page, but only as a limited post. For maximum visibility the curator has to share the post publicly by hand.
  4. If the page isn’t mentioned in the post or comments, the page can’t share the post unless the page is circled by the poster.
  5. It seems that if the post is edited, it doesn’t show in the hashtag search, which makes it more difficult for the curator to find the submissions.
  6. Even light administrating of a theme page by sharing posts takes time, especially if you try to find all submissions. Individual feedback and other active forms of curating take even more time.

From co-curating to crowd-curating

Lately I’ve seen more and more curators step aside or at least try finding co-curators. The more popular a theme gets, the more time it takes to curate.

Thinking about time constraints of theme curators and crowdsourcing I came up with the idea of crowdcurating. Let’s see how it works on Summer Photos, or if it’s just a contradiction in terms.



Google+: Summer Photos , Daily Photography Themes , Metropolia Career Services , #SummerPhotos

G+ Photo Pages Directory

On Second Thought by Tiina Niskanen: Share Photos, Get Google+ Followers! (5.1.2012)

Structured Thinking by Andreas Gebhard: The Rise of Crowd-Curation? (9.1.2012)


Edit 16.1.2013: Statistics on Google url shortener

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