New “photographer-centric” photo-sharing app, Glass

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Even if it is a paid service, this new app is still about networking, little in common with sites like Smugmug and Zenfolio, which are for photographers to create personal/portfolio/gallery websites, which can be viewed in any web browser, not just one app in one OS. Smugmug and Zenfolio are not networks, they have more in common with Squarespace than with Instagram, Flickr, or 500px. If I never link to my Zenfolio website here or anywhere else, no one will ever find it and see the photos and galleries I have on it. When I upload something to Instagram and Flickr, people are more likely to see it, even if I don't try to get people to see it.

The thing with Instagram is it was never meant to be a "photographer-centric" app. It never ever even pretended to be for serious photographers, let alone ever actually tried to be. Like, it only started allowing non-square aspect ratio photos later? Instagram is still being Instagram, as far as I can see. Photographers are the only ones who want to change it into something it is not, and they always have been. They are still searching for a solution to a non-existent problem, and this Glass and $5/month is just another example.
Like, what is "networking" among "serious photographers?"

Are these photographers seeking out community, like an online photo club, or do they think they'll find work among one another? If the latter, don't paid photographers have to kind of guard their income sources?
 

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Even if it is a paid service, this new app is still about networking, little in common with sites like Smugmug and Zenfolio, which are for photographers to create personal/portfolio/gallery websites, which can be viewed in any web browser, not just one app in one OS. Smugmug and Zenfolio are not networks, they have more in common with Squarespace than with Instagram, Flickr, or 500px. If I never link to my Zenfolio website here or anywhere else, no one will ever find it and see the photos and galleries I have on it. When I upload something to Instagram and Flickr, people are more likely to see it, even if I don't try to get people to see it.

The thing with Instagram is it was never meant to be a "photographer-centric" app. It never ever even pretended to be for serious photographers, let alone ever actually tried to be. Like, it only started allowing non-square aspect ratio photos later? Instagram is still being Instagram, as far as I can see. Photographers are the only ones who want to change it into something it is not, and they always have been. They are still searching for a solution to a non-existent problem, and this Glass and $5/month is just another example.
Some really good points here.
 

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The social networking aspect of Flickr has declined a lot, but no doubt it's still better connected and more vibrant as a community than this. Plus, it's free and fully functional on any device including a Windows desktop. Likewise, I don't have problems finding other photographers on Instagram with my Android tablet. Paying for $5/month to "reach" people with an iPhone is just a waste. I pay less than that for my portfolio website. You really want to connect with other people, do it face to face at an actual gallery or publish a book or something. Strangers seeing your work on the internet doesn't mean anything.
Such a lost opportunity....
 

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I'm happy to pay for an app like that if it's good.Especially to not having to put up with ads and algorithms (which always ruins the experience of an app). I'd like to see an app where people actually socialise and are interested in connecting with other people. If it's only for photographers to show off their work, there are already tons of apps for that. However, I'm willing to try it, if there's a trial period. I do think €5 per month is a bit too much though.
 

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I'm happy to pay for an app like that if it's good.Especially to not having to put up with ads and algorithms (which always ruins the experience of an app). I'd like to see an app where people actually socialise and are interested in connecting with other people. If it's only for photographers to show off their work, there are already tons of apps for that. However, I'm willing to try it, if there's a trial period. I do think €5 per month is a bit too much though.
That's what this forum is also for, Susanne ... ;) .

For a paltry USD 10 per annum ...
 

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That's what this forum is also for, Susanne ... ;) .

For a paltry USD 10 per annum ...
Sure, but several of us also use things like Instagram, Flickr etc? Maybe I’m the only one not using those for marketing purposes.

I think the thing is I think social media type apps have gone less social, and I still (naively) hope another app with another approach (no ads or algorithms) will be different.
 
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Sure, but several of us also use things like Instagram, Flickr etc? Maybe I’m the only one not using those for marketing purposes.

I think the thing is I think social media type apps have gone less social, and I still (naively) hope another app with another approach (no ads or algorithms) will be different.
I hope you find such a site, Susanne.
 

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