Social media has become a large part of the Field Book Project’s efforts to promote and increase awareness of our project. Following the lead of the Smithsonian Institution Archives, the Field Book Project began posting photo sets to Flickr’s The Commons in March 2011 as part of the Smithsonian Institution's Flickr sets. Currently, we have uploaded three Flickr sets and plan to continue uploading sets quarterly.
Shortly after our first Flickr set, Albert Spear Hitchcock Field Books, was launched, the Field Book Project Blog featured an article summarizing the success of those Flickr images. Since then, two more Flickr sets were launched, Field Book Lantern Slides and Pacific Ocean Biological Survey Program. Both sets have received much attention, and one, Field Book Lantern Slides, was highlighted in a Wired.com article.
In just two months, these two most recently Flickr sets have been viewed a total of 21,294 times. Additionally, these images have been “favorited” 287 times, and received a total of 29 comments. One commenter even added one of our images to a relevant Wikipedia article:
“Nice photo for scale of the beast. Added to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elephas_imperator Thanks for posting these!”
In total, all three Flickr sets have been viewed 43,257 times. Thanks to all who have been making our Flickr sets a success. Continue viewing, “favoriting”, and commenting on our images on Flickr’s The Commons. Also be sure to check out other fun and educational Flickr sets from the Smithsonian Institution.