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Taiwan eighth-most tagged country in photos put on Flickr

Staff writer, with CNA

Spectators watch sky lanterns float into the sky during the Pingsi Lantern Festival in New Taipei City in an undated photograph being used by the Tourism Bureau to promote Taiwan on the photo-sharing Web site Flickr.

Photo courtesy of the Tourism Bureau

Flickr, Yahoo Inc’s online photo-sharing service, yesterday said that Taiwan has become one of the most tagged countries on its Web site, amid a rise in the number of people using such services.

Flickr enables users to label their photographs with a text tag so that all pictures shared on the site are easy to find and browse.

Taiwan was ranked as the eighth-most tagged country, trailing Japan, the US, France, Italy, the UK, Germany and Australia, said Markus Spiering, head of Flickr’s product division.

China and India ranked ninth and 10th respectively, according to Spiering, who revealed only the top 10 most tagged countries and did not disclose Taiwan’s ranking last year.

“Taiwan is already a very sophisticated market. There is a lot of photo consumption and photo creation,” Spiering said during a conference call with Taiwanese media.

He estimated that the number of photo-sharing users in the nation will grow to 12 million this year from 7 million in 2009, and is expected to rise to 13 million in the next two years.

To increase its local user base, Flickr will seek more Taiwanese partners, such as printing companies, to support its marketing campaigns and develop its online community, Spiering said.

Flickr, which launched a revamped version of its Web site in May offering users more storage space and enhanced mobile support, now has 92 million registered members worldwide who have posted more than 8 billion photos.

Flickr has estimated that 881.4 billion photographs will be taken around the world next year, up from 695.8 billion last year and 488.3 billion in 2009, indicating that the market for online photo-sharing sites growing.

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