Organising photos

G goob Public Seen by 211

It would be good to discuss ideas for how to organise photos in Diaspora. I've seen two ideas proposed so far: Facebook-style 'albums' and using tags to organise photos.

It would be interesting to hear people's views on the merits and drawbacks of these and any other ideas you have for organising photos.


Faldrian Thu 29 Aug 2013 6:49PM

I don't think of Diaspora as a photo-organizing website. Putting photos into posts is important, but for organized photos there are things like flickr, owncloud, mediagoblin or other services, that are dedicated to managing albums.

Also I don't think we should encourage users to put their large blob content on diaspora-servers - so that podmins won't have to fear the big space usage this would bringt with it. Diaspora should not be a filehoster. :)

Just my 2 cents.


Tom Scott Thu 29 Aug 2013 7:06PM

@faldrian not sure how many other podmins do this, but even as a solo pod maintainer...all of my files/assets are stored on S3 anyway.


Faldrian Thu 29 Aug 2013 7:08PM

@tomscott I know podmins that have their pod on their own machines, so that they keep physical control of their hardware.


Balasankar C Thu 29 Aug 2013 7:48PM

I think, we should make linking with existing photo-managing-sites more easy and flexible. So that users can upload there and access from here. Saves disk space on server.. :)


Sean Tilley Thu 29 Aug 2013 10:25PM

One thing that might be a nice feature would be an API integration for sending and storing photos to places like MediaGoblin or TroveBox, but we'd need to get an official API going for Diaspora first.


Torsti Thu 29 Aug 2013 11:00PM

I agree with Sean, offloading the management of photos to a service outside of D* could be an option Why recreate functionality provided by these free/open services being developed just for the purpose?

Given that TroveBox tries to make it easy to import your photos from other places, there'd probably no need to additionally support the various non-free/open photo services directly.

With MediaGoblin integration we wouldn't be limited to posting photos, but could post videos & sound, or maybe even any type of media MediaGoblin can handle - that would be something.

It would be no trivial task to get all that working smoothly and at least MediaGoblin's API does not seem to be exactly stable.


goob Thu 29 Aug 2013 11:01PM

Oh, that pesky API again...


cyclux Fri 30 Aug 2013 10:12AM

An external service sounds like a good idea!
I would prefer following features:
-Implemented usage (no external site to login needed)
-privacy (!) related trustful service


Paul Hill Sat 31 Aug 2013 6:30PM

I like idea of albums. Don't want to change my mindset.


Paul Hill Sat 31 Aug 2013 6:31PM

Also mediagoblin might be a good idea as stated by others

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