Personal blogs are sometimes a window into the mind of the writer. Their words describe their perspective of the world around them. But what does that world look like?
Flickr.com gives us a voyeuristic view of the lives of others seen from their own perspective. The photo-sharing service is still in beta, but the more I use it, the more excited I get about it. The latest cool toy? The Daily Zeitgeist (as presently found on my blog’s homepage).
The Daily Zeitgeist is a little dynamic patch of Flash that you can add to your website. You have the option of showing bits of everyone’s photos, your own photos, just your contact’s photos, or a combination of yours and everyone else (my current selection). It’s very cool stuff, and exactly the sort of thing that is generating a healthy buzz around Flickr.
The other thing that fascinates me about Flickr is that ability to peek into the photo libraries of so many interesting folk. Sure, you can have private photos, but it seems like the vast majority of people are comfortable sharing their photos with anyone interested.
At Flickr, you can check out photos from Jeffrey Veen, Jason Kottke, Mena and Ben Trott (founders of Six Apart), Anil Dash, and Esther Dyson. Some are artistic, but most are just everyday photos of everyday people in everyday places. Another glimpse of the world through the eyes of another.
UPDATE: My Daily Zeitgeist was “hijacked” by a friend who uploaded a few dozen photos. Using a mix of both my photos and those of my contacts, it apparently only uses the most recent photos, so if one of your contacts gets a sudden urge to upload a bunch of photos, they end up monopolizing your Zeitgeist. The only solution is to upload some new photos yourself and get your other contacts to do the same.