Picture This: Intro to Photo Sharing for HIV/AIDS

Content From: AIDS.govPublished: December 16, 20083 min read


A photograph can send a powerful message. Photo sharingExit Disclaimer has become an important new media tool that allows you not only to upload, store, and organize your photos, but also allows you to tag, share, and discuss them with your online community. Once again, we turn to Common CraftExit Disclaimer to explain “Online Photo Sharing in Plain EnglishExit Disclaimer.”

One of the most common photo-sharing sites is FlickrExit Disclaimer. Other popular photo-sharing sites include SmugMugExit Disclaimer, PicasaExit Disclaimer, and PhotobucketExit Disclaimer. These sites share much in common with online social networking sites, such as Facebook photos are uploaded to Facebook each month!

WAD Flickr pool group

Illinois Women of African Descent Coalition’s 1st annual conference on women’s health. Accessed from AIDS Foundation of Chicago’s Flickr pageExit DisclaimerUsed with permission.

Photosharing for the HIV/AIDS Community

Many of our colleagues in the HIV community are already using photo-sharing sites to engage, connect, listen, and learn from their volunteers, patients, and colleagues. Here are just a few examples:

We spoke to Maude Carroll, Communications Associate at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, about why the AIDS Foundation uses online photo sharingExit Disclaimer. Maude told us that “the AIDS Foundation of Chicago began using Flickr within the past year, as a way to promote our events and to engage people in a fun and interactive way. We put a link to our Flickr account on our home page, so that our constituents could easily locate photos from our various events. We also use Flickr as a convenient way to archive photos.”

Maude had the following advice for AIDS service organizations: “If you are an AIDS service organization that puts on events of any kind, you should definitely have a photosharing account. On Flickr, users can create their own profiles, comment on, and share each other’s pictures, which helps generate a buzz and creates an additional online presence for your organization. It will give your constituents, as well as the general public, a visual understanding of what your organization is doing in response to HIV/AIDS. By putting a face to the issue, photo-sharing sites, like Flickr, help tell your organization’s story.”

For more inspiration, we encourage you to read Beth Kanter’sExit Disclaimer article about How Nonprofits Can Get the Most Out of FlickrExit Disclaimer and Wild Apricot’s Five Ways Nonprofits Can Use Flickr to Reach New AudiencesExit Disclaimer. Also, take a look at the Library of Congress’ blog post and report (PDF 127 KB) on their recent Flickr pilot project.

Do you use photo-sharing sites? Are you considering it? We love to learn from your experiences!