I’m a pretty impatient person so when someone tells me that something great is on the horizon I’m usually on the edge of my seat. The past few months I’ve been more seriously experimenting with Flickr.com and another great site Zooomr.com.I remember hearing about Zooomr when it first came out and was lured by a free account with a lot of storage space. I totally forgot about it until I found out there was a free promotion to a Pro account when you blogged hosted images. This was smart marketing and it definitely got me hooked and I’ve been paying closer attention ever since. My enthusiasm for Zooomr was also stoked by Thomas Hawk who had been posting about the promise of photosharing sites and stock.
Since that time I’ve had some ups and downs about the notion of these sites with photo sales. Flickr gets huge amounts of traffic, but as noted in my blog entry The Dark Side of Flickr: Photo Phishing By Corporate America there is a big problem with those searching for photos looking to exploit photographers and avoid paying for use. Zooomr with their latest release seems to be attempting to take the bull by the horns.
Although not live yet, I’m eagerly awaiting to see the new site, there is a very interesting hook… the most interesting yet…
“Sell your photos as stock — you keep 90% of the sale!”
I still have a lot of outstanding questions about the process and security, but the prospect of someone getting it right finally is enticing. The question remains at 10% keep for Zooomr will they be able to pull in the traffic of buyers and market accordingly? I’m not holding my breath, but at least its a start. The big question will be how is Zooomr aligning their stock business? Will it be focused on royalty-free sales, rights managed or both? Either way its better than “ZeroStock” as I’ve been calling Flickr as of late. Something is better than nothing, but I have to admit I’ll be uninterested if the model is royalty-free microstock.
The transition from Zooomr to the Mark III build seems to be taking longer than planned. It began Tuesday March 13th and is running behind, but I’m sure it will be worth the wait. Relaunching a robust site and reprocessing millions of photos can’t happen over night and as we’ve seen require more than a few. Until the launch I’ll be sitting on the edge of my seat hitting refresh to be the first to see beta.zooomr.com