Keywords and thumbnails

A little something to share with you all. I’ve just fired off an email to a colleague. We’re talking about the possibility of building an internal photo library – basically, Flickr for the office intranet. That led to a discussion about keyword quality: what constitutes a keyword, how specific, how many.

My colleague seemed to be saying there was a ‘right’ set of keywords for every photo, and a ‘right’ keyword search query to lead to that specific photo (and no other). My response was that keywords only need to get you close: the image preview should tell you definitively if it’s the photo you want (or not). Or to put it another way:

A thumbnail paints a thousand keywords.

I’m really quite proud of that. Especially since I didn’t get any breakfast this morning.