Posts Tagged ‘photo sharing’

500px Mini Review « Photofocus.

by scottbourne

UPDATE: My pal and occasional Photofocus co-host Scott Kelby has also weighed in on 500px. See his thoughts at

After all the insanity around my Google+ posts last week, (and follow up here🙂 I was encouraged by many of you to look into a new(ish) online portfolio site called

This week I finally got a chance to look it over and play with it for a minute and I must say, so far I am mostly impressed.

Let’s start with the elephant in the room. The Terms of Service at 500px check out just fine for me personally. The company is based in Canada so they are bound by Canadian Copyright law which is very close to US Copyright law. I can’t give you legal advice, but suffice it to say you wouldn’t see one single photo on the site from me if I thought there was any reason to be concerned about the 500px TOS. For me, it’s one of the cleanest in the industry.

Now that’s out of the way, let’s look at what you get. You get the opportunity to post up to 20 photos a week free of charge. The system is easy to use and works well, so long as you have a supported Web browser. Note that Camino is NOT supported which is a shame because that is my personal favorite browser, but Safari works fine.



Googles Photovine Site Goes Live.

The site for Google’s new photo-related project Photovine has gone live, but the actual product or app is still missing.

Located at, the site currently features an image of a mobile app – interestingly, the device in the image is definitely an iPhone and not an Android device – and a short description of the upcoming product: “Photovine is a fun way to learn more about your friends, meet new people, and share your world like never before”.

The site also contains a Privacy Policy which says that “Photovine is offered by Slide (part of Google Inc)”, as well as a support page which explains some details about the project.

“Photovine is a community that’s about creating fun and unique collections of photos that we call Vines”, the support page says, explaining that a vine is “like a constantly growing family of photos connected through a common caption created by you, your friends, and people all over the world”. Google also makes it clear that it will not tolerate just any kind of photo. “As a rule of thumb, if you wouldn’t want your family to see it, you probably shouldn’t post it”, the support page says.

At this point it’s unclear whether this project is connected with Google’s recently launched social networking service Google+, but it seems to be an independent product.

Recent reports indicated that Facebook is working on a photo-sharing app of its own, and in March 2011, a photo-sharing app called Color piqued a lot of interest, which seems to have largely dissipated by now.