Photo sharing site Zooomr has removed the limits on the amount of photo you can upload and store in the site. Zooomr is currently undergoing transition to Mark III, a new version with over 250 new features and which offers users the ability to sell photographs and keep 90% of the sale.
The transition to Mark III has been delayed but founder Kristopher Tate has decided to remove account limits, a move scheduled for Mark III.
If you post a lot of photos in your website or blog, it makes sense to host it with sites such as Flickr or Zooomr. If you host your blog or website in a shared web server, as I do, you run the risk of going over your web space quota in just a few months if you frequently post high-resolution photos.
You also run the risk of going over your monthly bandwidth quota, especially if your photos get hotlinked, meaning a web owner directly displays it in his or her website by linking to the file in your server instead of downloading the file and uploading it to his or her account.
By hosting your photos in Flickr or Zooomr, you don’t have to worry about file sizes or bandwidth. You also get the added bonus of the photos being processed into different sizes.
For bloggers and independent web publishers, Zooomr is a better option not only because 1. it now offers unlimited storage, or 2. it doesn’t limit free accounts to the last 200 photos in users’ photostreams, but more importantly 3.) it allows you to link photos to their larger versions.
Flickr requires users to link photos to their respective photo pages. But if you want to implement snazzy image loading as I do in this site, you need to be able to link the photos to their larger versions. Here’s how I do it. Zooomr allows this. Kristopher, himself, said this was okay, he just asks that you provide a link to Zooomr.
I can’t help but feel worried by Zooomr’s decision to remove storage and uploading limits. How can they possibly sustain such a free service?
But Thomas Hawk, Zooomr evangelist, said in an answer to one such comment that “Zooomr’s longer-term monetization strategy is built around allowing all photographers everywhere to be able to sell their photos on an opt-in basis. We believe that on a longer-term basis Zooomr can operate on a 10% cut from the sale of stock photography combined with advertising on our free accounts.”
Max is a journalist and blogger based in Cebu. He has written and edited for such publications as The Freeman, The Independent Post, Today, Sun.Star Cebu, Cebu Daily News, Philstar Life, and Rappler.
He is also a mobile app and web developer and co-founded InnoPub Media with his wife Marlen.
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