If youâ€™re on Facebook then itâ€™s unlikely that you havenâ€™t been sucked into the meme phenomenon. It tends to involve writing something, mainly about yourself, and then tagging other people with a request to do the same. Most recently it got very popular with the â€œ25 random thingsâ€ meme (yeah, yeah, I donâ€™t think you need to be a certified sociologist to know that those things are never truly random), that first circulated as 7 things then 16 things, but not surprisingly really went viral when it involved tagging 20+ people.
The most recent one I noticed concerns something much more random as youâ€™re requested to create an album cover based on randomly-generated phrases for the band name and album title, and a randomly displayed “interesting” image from the photo-sharing site Flickr (details below). That last bit about the image bothered me a bit though, because the photos people were grabbing and editing were not necessarily posted under a Creative Commons license. I didnâ€™t like the idea of people grabbing images that their creators didnâ€™t necessarily want reused by others thus my interest in finding those shared under a CC license.
I went searching for a way to browse CC-licensed photos from Flickrâ€™s Explore pool (photos deemed especially “interesting” by the system), but found no such option on the site (the closest to it I saw was to browse popular tags of photos shared under CC). I posted a note on Twitter about this, but the best people could do was point me to the CC option on Flickr’s advanced search page, which doesnâ€™t address this issue since you canâ€™t restrict a search to photos in Explore nor is searching for something specific the same as random browsing. Finally, I posted a comment on a Facebook friendâ€™s photo lamenting the fact that I had not managed to find such an option when one of his friendâ€™s replied with a link to a page that Mike Lietz kindly put together to generate CC-licensed Flickr photos from Explore randomly! A note to Flickr though: I think this is an option they should offer on the site.
So now I present to you the updated meme (italics are my additions) promoting Creative Commons as well as free photo-editing software. If you’re going to participate in this meme, I invite you to do so using the tweaked instructions below so as to help spread CC love.
CREATE YOUR BAND NAME & ALBUM COVER:
To Do This
1 – Go to Wikipedia. Hit â€œrandomâ€
or click http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random
The first random Wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.
2 – Go to Quotations Page and select “random quotations”
or click http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php3
The last four or five words of the very last quote on the page is the title of your first album.
Go to Flickr and click on â€œexplore the last seven daysâ€Grab the photo randomly generated from Creative Commons licensed photos on Flickr here:
or click http://www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days
Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.
5 – Post it to FB with this text in the “caption” or “comment” and TAG the friends you want to join in.