I just noticed something that Flickr got exactly right—you don’t have to give photos a title. My process for using Flickr is usually:
- Upload a batch of photos to my account, marked as private
- Use the Organizr (did they drop that name?) to add the photos to a new set, or an existing one
- Go through the new photos adding any individual tags as appropriate
- Make the photos that aren’t really bad public and try to come up with a title
It’s that very last step that I find really increases the cognitive load; so much so that I often just give lots of photos the same title. I can’t quite bring myself to have public photos with titles like IMG_0970.JPG. I got to thinking that I never had to give physical photographs a title when I put them in an album, so why should Flickr make me do so? Then I tried it, found out that I don’t have to and smiled. Expect to see lots of anonymous photos in my Flickr photostream in future.