Out of date!
If there’s one thing that can be said about the combined photographic industries, it’s that the whole thing is devastatingly competitive at every step. Manufacturers compete year round with ever improving cameras, camera retailers slice their own throats for pennies, photographers have at each other like crabs in a bucket, and social media sites fight endlessly for traffic from consumers.
As a result, staying on the ball about current trends and changes is vital for anyone who wants to keep their head above the water let alone thrive. Which is a shame, sometimes to get a better understanding of the industry and it’s effects on society, you need to stop and consider what’s going on around you. Something I rarely see in this industry.
Incidentally, blog posts become irrelevant incredibly quickly, such as my last post, only 19 days young! Google+ has changed a bit since I wrote the article. Opting for more and smaller images per page, something of a shame in my opinion. Clearly heeding my advice, Flickr has gone through a huge redesign of not only their site, but their entire business model.
Gone is Flickr’s model of bilking photographers out of cash for storage and to let anyone see their images in full resolution. Flickr has now shifted into a full on advertising based model, now enticing photographers to upload as much content as possible in the hopes of generating extra advertising revenue.
Fortunately they have more sense than DeviantArt, who ungraciously slap adverts right into lists of works. Flickr have taken a more Google-ish approach and has done what they can to lend content creators authority over their profiles by removing distractions, an important way of increasing the value of the work on the page in my opinion.
It’ll be interesting to see how much advertising pops up on the site as time passes, whether they’ll keep adverts minimal like Google do, or if they’ll end up interrupting content pages with garish adverts that are designed to pull the users eyes away from the rest of the photos surrounding it. Only time will tell.
Hopefully this post will still be relevant when I hit the post button and dive back into the crab bucket.