Thing 9: Sharing - slides, photos, databases

A hallmark of Web 2.0 is sharing--your thoughts, ideas, plans, photos, videos, and more. Many Web 2.0 tools we have or will look at are sharing tools—Flickr, YouTube, wikis, blogs, and more all let you share images, videos, and/or information. Del.ic.ious lets you share your bookmarks and the social media sites let you share your likes and dislikes on things you’ve read online.

The tools in this Thing let you share many different kinds of creations via the Web. No need for the computer to have the right software installed to open a presentation, no attachments to open, no remembering your flash drive--you just need an account (usually) and a computer with Internet access. Handy as a backup for your presentations at conferences, your vacation photos, or your book preferences. Web2.0 = Sharing!

For this Thing, explore each of the tools listed and then:

1. Choose one of the tools listed under Slideshows, Photos, or Databases and create a slideshow, photo montage, or database. Add photos or information and then link it to your blog.

Create and Share Slideshows
You can use a service like these as the primary delivery method for a presentation or you can use it to share your presentation after you have delivered it. You can share a slide deck on your library Web site to highlight a program, book displays, or anything else you can think to do. Here is an example of a shared slide show Web 2.0 Tools in Your Classroom.

Each service offers different features. Explore these tools:
Share Your Photos
Flickr and other photo hosting sites are an obvious way to share photos. The sites in this Thing offer "fancier" presentations of your photos. While these are “slide shows,” too, they don’t have the narrative flow of a formal presentation. These tools work best for vacation or library program photo sharing on a blog or Web site.

Picture Trail offers many different ways to organize and display your photos. Called Flicks, they can add pizzazz to your Web page or blog. Upload your photos to Picture Trail, arrange them into albums, choose your Flick slideshow format, and then save. Just copy the automatically-generated code and paste it into your blog where you want the Flick to appear.

Flickr badge creates a set of photos that displays horizontally or vertically. You can use your photos or everyone’s to add photo interest to your blog. (after you sign into Flicker, go to

Big Huge Labs offers many tools for using your photos to illustrate different things—billboards, name badges, motivational posters, and more. It also has a cool feature called Mosaic Maker. Upload your photos (account required) and arrange them in a grid.

All of the photos in these examples are from the NEFLIN Flickr account

Remember, "free" has a price. In the case of many Web 2.0 tools, it is advertising or "special offers." So click through the ad pages, and use the tools. In Picture Trail, once you have viewed the offers, they won't (usually) appear again.

You can create and share databases of information, too. Create a “want to read” or recommendations database and put a link on your blog or Web page.

Lazybase lets you create databases that only you can edit or allows edits from others. (Note: Some 23 Thing'ers have had difficulty accessing this site. We have updated this link, so please try again. If you still have problems let us know.)

Here is an example of a non-editable database: Award Winning Fiction

Need more or want to explore? 50 Web 2.0 Ways to Tell a Story is a huge list of tools you can use to create and share online. There are tools for storytelling, scrapbooking, video, audio, remixing, cartooning, and much, much more.

Blog Prompts
  • What uses do these tools have for library or personal use?
  • Was the tool you used easy to navigate and understand?
  • Would you recommend it to others?
  • Do you use other sharing tools for photos, documents, or other creations that you would recommend?
Challenge (optional)
  1. Create one of each of the sharing types—slide show, photo montage, database, and then link the results and blog about your experience.


Anonymous said...

Lazybase does not appear to be working. A quick search of other, similar free online database creators was not very productive. Any suggestions?

Otaku Fan Girl said...

Same here I couldn't get Lazybase to work for me either.

Otaku Fan Girl said...

Hi, I've got a random question. Have you ever used Google Docs? You can create all kinds of documents on it. Is that kind of like a database?

johnofjack said...

Lazybase: Server got itself in trouble. For the last week....

Erin said...

It seems that Lazybase isn't working for most people. I found a similar service called blist ( You can check out my blog post for Thing 9 to read more about my experience and look at a blist I created.