Could 500px Be A Credible Flickr Alternative?
We’ve written a couple of times about the decline of Flickr and how they are stagnating as a platform for professional photographers, and today a new site 500px could be about to step in and offer something far more impressive. It’s very early days for the site, but it is getting plenty of early buzz and could be about to grab huge market share. It’s also visually stunning, easy to use and, most important of all, has huge community building there already…
Most serious photographers like to get feedback on their photos and, along with the amount of views, other users within the community can see how many people have voted and what score they are getting as an average. Not a huge feature for the vast majority of the public but for serious photographers it’s a simple way of getting exposure and feedback.
Embedding And Social Sharing
Something that I have always wanted photo sites to make easy for me is to embed photos and 500px make it remarkably easy. It means that anybody can grab photos from the site to embed in their blogs or websites and the links automatically link back to the person’s profile so that they automatically get credit.
Fallow Deer by Brett Lewis
Made For Tablets
500 px have just launched a beautiful iPad version and that is what really sets this product apart. Apparently the growth is amazing on the app with users using it for huge periods of time and, given the quality of the images, you can see why.
The site has one of the key ingredients for a photo sharing service and that is a passionate community. Have a look at any of the comments or threads and you will see tons of comments and people engaging with each other. It feels like the very early days of Flickr and the serious photographers are clearly embracing it with open arms. Watch out Flickr, this could be some very serious competition for you.