Posts Tagged ‘photography’
Running a service like Picasa Web Albums, Flickr, Instagram, Facebook or Google+ costs a lot of money: servers in data centers, electrical power, salary for engineers and other staff. All these free services need to make money, one way or another. The most common way is to monetize users data.
Matt Mullenweg sums it up nicely in an interview during LeWeb 2012 (2’30”), “Instagram primary users are not what we think of as users, it’s advertisers, and us are the product”.
Does an alternate solution exist? Yes, but you’ll have to reconsider the way you use internet services. As soon as you pay for a service, then you can consider that the primary goal of the service is to satisfy you, and not an advertiser or any third party.
This is exactly why Piwigo.com is not free. The user pays $39/year and our goal is not to sell your data or improve your “profile” for targeted ads. Our primary goal is to provide a service you appreciate (and buy).
The Piwigo Showcase is under active preparation. To make it short, the Showcase is a Live Piwigo Galleries Directory. Each Piwigo live gallery is shown as a screenshot, a description, some tags and a link to see the gallery in action.
I have just validated registration #50. I hope we’ll have several hundreds galleries before the end of summer 2011.
How to register ?
- either you have Piwigo 2.1+ and you install plugin Showcase Register which will prefill the registration form, see forum topic Register on Piwigo Showcase
- or you simply use Piwigo.org contact form and give your gallery address, your name, a description and some tags (keywords)
I work in the “hosting content” business and maybe what’s obvious for me is not that obvious for the average user: nothing is free. If you don’t pay for your 2GB of storage, you have to wonder how the provider pays his own bills! So when a provider doesn’t ask you for money, he asks for something else. The right to use your data the way they want, for example. Displaying targetted advertisements is another example.
So who cares? I thought that “nearly nobody” was the right answer, until I saw a huge number of messages on Twitter saying “today I close my Dropbox account, I disagree with their new TOS”. Actually, it seems that “a few people” care. See also blog posts Put it in the Cloud? Are You Nuts?, Oh Dropbox, We Loved You Once…, I’ve deleted my Dropbox account or the less “panic” style Dropbox, cloud storage, and who owns your files?
For example, if you want to share your photos, publicly or privately, what’s the solution if you want to keep your full right of use on your own photos?
- host it by yourself. You can use a software like Piwigo: download it from Piwigo.org (Zenphoto or Menalto Gallery are also fine)
- if you don’t want to host it by yourself, you can open an account on Piwigo.com: this is not free, that’s €39/year, but we don’t use your data.
In the end I think that “no so many people” care, but we hear them on Twitter, and it’s good to know that some solutions exist for them.
A new page was added on Piwigo.com: Featured Galleries (or nice examples). We start with a short list of 12 galleries. I will add some new featured galleries next days.
In addition to the new dedicated page, Piwigo.com home page displays 3 random featured galleries.
Congratulations to the first 12 galleries listed!
- studiozanzibarimage.fr professional studio, landscapes and illustration from South of France
- gary1701.piwigo.com you like United Kingdom helicopters and planes?
- sauvant.piwigo.com portaits and country landscapes
- drakonis.piwigo.com 13,000+ avatars sorted by themes like Vampire, Dragon or Knight
- toxa.piwigo.com travels, landscapes and fauna
- www.yvesmariequemener.fr professional photographer, sport competition
- raymonddelvaux.be macrophotography, check the spiders!
- franchesmontagnes.piwigo.com horses with mountain landscapes
- pichardie.piwigo.com nature, birds and landscapes
- frederictestard.piwigo.com motor competition (cars and motocycle)
- maltabuses.piwigo.com 4500+ photos of buses from Malta
- peijy.piwigo.com macrophotography, birds and landscape
Dmitri Popov has written a new article on Linux-Magazine blogs : DIY Mobile Photo Sharing with Piwigo and ReGalAndroid.
For a week, all new Piwigo.com accounts are based on Piwigo 2.2. From today all “old” accounts have been migrated to Piwigo 2.2 as well.
The first question you may have is: why do Piwigo.com accounts had to wait for 6 weeks to run on Piwigo. 2.2? the answer : because of themes and plugins compatibility. There are 37 plugins and 23 themes available on Piwigo.com and we have been waiting for Piwigo 2.2 compatibility on all of them before starting migration. Because this wait has lasted a bit too long while many accounts could have been migrated earlier, I have coded a “filtered migration tool”: depending on the themes and plugins active on your gallery, your account is migrated or not. This way, your Piwigo.com gallery may be migrated much earlier for Piwigo 2.3 🙂
So what’s new on Piwigo 2.2 compared to Piwigo 2.1:
- easier photo upload for your visitors (your family or friends for example) thanks to plugin “Community”, no need to use pLoader, an advanced web form is available
- the photo batch manager gets a new design to make it easier of use
- ability to remove or downsize your high definition photos
- automatic rotation on your photos uploaded with the web form
- improved compatibility with remote tools like Lightroom or Shotwell (no need to activate the pwg.images.addSimple plugin)
- advanced use: ability to edit your own CSS rules with plugin LocalFiles Editor
- if you have selected themes Stripped or Gally*, new configuration settings are available to customize your gallery
There are many more interesting improvements, you can read the full list on Piwigo 2.2.0 release notes.
Last week on Piwigo.com contact form, we’ve received several questions from customers of Fotopic.net. They told us that their photo sharing website had closed down. Of course they are searching for a replacement. Here is an anonymous extract of a message we’ve received:
My question is if I sign up for your site, like it and pay a subscription, will it be reliable? It takes a lot of hours creating a nice site and disappointing to lose it. Hope you do not mind the question but I am having difficulty finding a suitable replacement to the defunct fotopic.
And my answer looks like:
I perfectly understand your concern about reliability and sustainability. Piwigo.com is a commercial offer, so we can’t promise we will last for a hundred years (not even Microsoft or Google could promise that) but we have a major advantage compared to our competitors: Piwigo.com is based on Piwigo and Piwigo is a free software (open source).
It means that in case you’re not satisfied with Piwigo.com services or if Piwigo.com is closing for any reason, you can get your data back, including photos, user comments, visit history… and move your gallery on any other host and you won’t lose anything
(the best is to have your own domain name so that your visitors won’t have to find your new address if one day you decide to move)
This is what I call the no vendor lock-in advantage! I truly believe it makes a big difference with any other photo sharing website.