26. January 2008 · Comments Off on Photos from Second Life to Flickr – the low tech approach · Categories: digital photography, Second Life, Web sites

Okay, my husband just saw the title of this and had a chuckle.  True, it’s not as if I’m going to use a pigeon, a piece of paper and a burnt stick — but in comparison to other methods, this one is pretty simple.

As a Flickr addict who is becoming an SL addict, marrying my two addictions just makes sense.  All Flickr accounts can generate a unique email address to which the owner can send photos and have them posted.  But in the heat of the moment I never remember the darned thing and even with two screens, it’s a lot of fudging around. 

I went on a search for an easier method.  A Linden person had replied to a post in Flickr and said he used a combination of three different tools – a blogging HUD, a software program that memorises your favourite words/keystroke combos and will auto fill for you and a photo upload site that posts through to Flickr.

I had the blogging HUD, but the problem with it is that it didn’t post straight to Flickr – it posted to my blog, as well as a site for the HUD.  It didn’t post correctly to my blog and posted the URL for all the world to see on the hud web site.

As the last thing I need is another web site or three, I thought there must be a better way.

And there is.

One of the dead easiest things to create in Second Life is a Notecard.  If you’ve spent any time at all in SL, you’ve seen one or been offered one when visiting a new place. It’s a good thing to know how to do if you plan to use SL for networking and want to hand out your contact details.

Step one is to go out and list the web sites to which you can post via email and the email addresses for each site. Enter all this info into a word processing program.

Step two: log into Second Life and open your inventory.

Step three: from the create menu – choose New Note.

Create new note

Step four: paste the information into the main window of the note.  Change the description. Save.

Step five: By default, it will be named “New Note”.  Windows users can right click, Mac CTL click. Rename the note with a short, reasonably unique keyword (I use Photo Info). Save.

Step six: Now, when you take a photo, either by clicking Snapshot in the bottom bar of your Second Life Window or by using the key combination of CTL SHIFT S (this last works a treat when you’re trying to catch your avatar facing front), you can pop your inventory, do a quick search on your keyword and open your notecard. 

Paste into Note window

Step seven: Copy and paste the address to which you wish to send the postcard, add the info and send.

One thing that irritates me about sending via this method is that SL sends TWO posts to Flickr for every email — one just has the SL logo, the other has the image.

If you know how to shut this off, please share!

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