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« Reply #875 on: February 02, 2013, 12:26 »
+5
If you wana make a sound that Istock can hear...delet you acct. thats the only way to get respect. your deactivating a few files is a joke.

I don't think deactivating any amount of money making files is a joking matter. It's a serious income loss. A lot of us aren't doing it as a protest. We are protecting our work. If, in the future, a new deal is made that won't give away our photos, or strip the metadata, then we'll still have an open account.


« Reply #876 on: February 02, 2013, 12:30 »
0
true- yea its something (deactivation), better then nothing. but when you delete the act with the intent or preceived intent of not returnig, thenistock will be asking you back not you asking istock for something. at the very least whe nu go they cant use you anymore.

but just for the recort i HOPE this worked out and im compleatl wrong and istock says yes we are wrong yo are right and wi will fix it.

« Reply #877 on: February 02, 2013, 12:33 »
0
I think you are wrong. Everithing is good, its a protest. And a sign. If you delete the account, why istock would concern?

They don't care. This is not a sale platform now (was 3-4 years ago) with full respect for photographers. This is a part of global business, managed and directed from different place.
It reminds me a situation in a big German shop chain n Eastern Europe - who cares about suppliers there - paying them with 6-12 months delay, adding fictional costs to all invoices, etc. - they can get rid of 10% of them and still be in good position.
BTW, it looks like all deactivated files are still counted as 'in the collection'. Only -5000 files change in 8 hours.

ShadySue

  • There is a crack in everything
« Reply #878 on: February 02, 2013, 12:34 »
0
. If, in the future, a new deal is made that won't give away our photos, or strip the metadata, then we'll still have an open account.

We might wish, but as Lobo says:
"we aren't necessarily going to react as everyone might think."
http://www.istockphoto.com/forum_messages.php?threadid=350913&messageid=6835877
So as everyone thinks they may realise what they've done wrong and make amends in some way, he's prepared 'everyone' for a disappointment.
« Last Edit: February 02, 2013, 12:36 by ShadySue »

« Reply #879 on: February 02, 2013, 12:35 »
+4
reading this thread i cant stop feeling sad. you all are acting like little children pouting cause you are being made to go to bed early, cause you were bad. and you say "well il go to bed but you can make me sleep!".

If you wana make a sound that Istock can hear...delet you acct. thats the only way to get respect. your deactivating a few files is a joke. i can here istock laughing watching ppl deactivating files. they are probably having an office party placing bets as to how fast ppl reactivate them. they know you want a bite of the carrot they dangle in front of your face and they know you wont stop trying to get a bite of it.

even if istock wanted to go back and not make this deal with google. its not up to them anymore its up to google.

and where are the big hitters who were all gung ho abt feb 2nd?, and soo very loudand pushy abt making this movement happen, pushing ppl to deactivate there act. where are they today? did they just use you to send istock a message,yet they themselves did not delet a file??  i dont se any of them on here telling us how many they deactivated???

i guess im even more of a sucker then you all, cause i did not deactivat my acct i deleted it. but i would have dun it anyway cause i know the only way to be heard is to take all your marbals an walk away from the game. thats what yo need to do. cut your losses and walk away. cause its abvious istock has a pattern of trying to get as much from us as possible and so fare always getting away with it! the only way to stop them is to not play with them.

but then there is that darn carrot to think abt hugh?!

I'm keeping my account open (with 1 file in it) until PP earnings are posted so that I can request my LAST payout. I have no intention of reactivating ANYTHING! Once I get my last payout, then I'll delete my account.

I can't trust them to play by the rules and actually pay me my earnings if I delete my account now.

« Reply #880 on: February 02, 2013, 12:48 »
+16
I posted this last night in the Feburary 2 thread, but I'll repeat the info here. I'll send something to Tyler asking if he can pull all the posts about actual deactivations into one so we can keep track.

I deactivated 2,496 images, leaving 153 (editorial and iStockalypse) images in my portfolio. I'm leaving it open so I can collect my PP money from January in February and keep my stats.

For all intents and purposes I have left iStock.

I blogged about it, changed the timeline image on my Facebook page and sent out a tweet.

My Thinkstock image count started dropping last night while I was deactivating. Checking this morning, it's now down to 1,869 (it was 2,486 on January 28th).

mlwinphoto

« Reply #881 on: February 02, 2013, 12:55 »
-1
true- yea its something (deactivation), better then nothing. but when you delete the act with the intent or preceived intent of not returnig, thenistock will be asking you back not you asking istock for something. at the very least whe nu go they cant use you anymore.

but just for the recort i HOPE this worked out and im compleatl wrong and istock says yes we are wrong yo are right and wi will fix it.

Do you honestly believe that iStock will come crawling back and ask you to return because you deleted your account?  Good luck with that....

I'm not deactivating because I don't hold iStock responsible for the Google Drive deal....they didn't even know about it ahead of time.  What I did do, however, is put the final touches on getting out of Getty House and also making sure they are removing files of mine (macro RM and RF) from their affiliate sites.  I'll go elsewhere with my RM stuff.


« Reply #882 on: February 02, 2013, 12:57 »
+1
They not care about the photographers, maybe, but they care about EVERY dollar i know

« Reply #883 on: February 02, 2013, 13:03 »
+3
I posted this last night in the Feburary 2 thread, but I'll repeat the info here. I'll send something to Tyler asking if he can pull all the posts about actual deactivations into one so we can keep track.

I deactivated 2,496 images, leaving 153 (editorial and iStockalypse) images in my portfolio. I'm leaving it open so I can collect my PP money from January in February and keep my stats.

For all intents and purposes I have left iStock.

I blogged about it, changed the timeline image on my Facebook page and sent out a tweet.

My Thinkstock image count started dropping last night while I was deactivating. Checking this morning, it's now down to 1,869 (it was 2,486 on January 28th).
reading this thread i cant stop feeling sad. you all are acting like little children pouting cause you are being made to go to bed early, cause you were bad. and you say "well il go to bed but you can make me sleep!".

If you wana make a sound that Istock can hear...delet you acct. thats the only way to get respect. your deactivating a few files is a joke. i can here istock laughing watching ppl deactivating files. they are probably having an office party placing bets as to how fast ppl reactivate them. they know you want a bite of the carrot they dangle in front of your face and they know you wont stop trying to get a bite of it.

even if istock wanted to go back and not make this deal with google. its not up to them anymore its up to google.

and where are the big hitters who were all gung ho abt feb 2nd?, and soo very loudand pushy abt making this movement happen, pushing ppl to deactivate there act. where are they today? did they just use you to send istock a message,yet they themselves did not delet a file??  i dont se any of them on here telling us how many they deactivated???

i guess im even more of a sucker then you all, cause i did not deactivat my acct i deleted it. but i would have dun it anyway cause i know the only way to be heard is to take all your marbals an walk away from the game. thats what yo need to do. cut your losses and walk away. cause its abvious istock has a pattern of trying to get as much from us as possible and so fare always getting away with it! the only way to stop them is to not play with them.

but then there is that darn carrot to think abt hugh?!


I'm keeping my account open (with 1 file in it) until PP earnings are posted so that I can request my LAST payout. I have no intention of reactivating ANYTHING! Once I get my last payout, then I'll delete my account.

I can't trust them to play by the rules and actually pay me my earnings if I delete my account now.



GOOD! thats what we all should do.

i bet you will then see a reaction from them and all this crap would stop. everytime we do/say nothing they know thats another inch they can take from us.

jsnover: you are one of the bigish accts if everyone with photos in the thousands had the balls you do that then we might get somewhere! my hat off to you both!

but we have some big accts who do things like...well i have a fam to feed and i will just delete 500pic's (temporarilly). its something but not much.

no pain no gain!

if they clean up there game-il see abt opening my acct again if allowed or il just resubmit everthig slowly.

if the big hitters would vote with there feet TOGETHER they would not be doing these things. they would try it once or twice and realise hey ho these guys/galls are not playing. we better be nice to them or they will realy take there product to sutterstock!!!

« Reply #884 on: February 02, 2013, 13:05 »
-1
true- yea its something (deactivation), better then nothing. but when you delete the act with the intent or preceived intent of not returnig, thenistock will be asking you back not you asking istock for something. at the very least whe nu go they cant use you anymore.

but just for the recort i HOPE this worked out and im compleatl wrong and istock says yes we are wrong yo are right and wi will fix it.

Do you honestly believe that iStock will come crawling back and ask you to return because you deleted your account?  Good luck with that....

I'm not deactivating because I don't hold iStock responsible for the Google Drive deal....they didn't even know about it ahead of time.  What I did do, however, is put the final touches on getting out of Getty House and also making sure they are removing files of mine (macro RM and RF) from their affiliate sites.  I'll go elsewhere with my RM stuff.

YES---that is exactly what im saying!! BUT all the big players would have to delete or deactivate TOGETHER as one!

as an example: look at the latest attempted rights grab with...from that co that facebook bought -Instagram-        ppl started complanig and deleting accts and they did a reverse on it. i still will not go back with them cause they tried that rights grab. but they dont make me $$
« Last Edit: February 02, 2013, 13:11 by ouchie »

« Reply #885 on: February 02, 2013, 14:53 »
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Just so we can keep things a bit organized.  Remember that this thread is mostly to discuss D-day and this thread is to post your numbers count.  Perhaps there should have only been one thread but it is a little late now to change.

lisafx

« Reply #886 on: February 02, 2013, 14:57 »
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Just so we can keep things a bit organized.  Remember that this thread is mostly to discuss D-day and this thread is to post your numbers count.  Perhaps there should have only been one thread but it is a little late now to change.


Gotcha.  Thanks for the definitive info :)

eyeidea

  • visualize your brainstorm
« Reply #887 on: February 02, 2013, 15:07 »
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Top 25 deactivated so far... many to go. I will post my final number in the other thread.

« Reply #888 on: February 02, 2013, 16:17 »
+4
I just deactivated all but one.


I could care less what (if anything) they announce next week.  A dysfunctional, unethical company that is only interested in making quick bucks by taking advantage of photographers.


« Reply #889 on: February 02, 2013, 16:45 »
+2
Deactivated a third of my tiny port in solidarity - 15 photos. Rest will go when I reach next payout.

lisafx

« Reply #890 on: February 02, 2013, 17:08 »
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It's kind of painful to see my total having dropped by over 1k files pretty much overnight.  That's a year's worth of uploading for me.  so a year's worth of work, gone overnight. 

And who knows if that will be the end of it?  Depending on the response the next few weeks or months it may end up being more, or all.  So sad.  It really didn't have to be this way.  :'(

« Reply #891 on: February 02, 2013, 17:17 »
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I find it sad that I was setting goals to boost my earnings and I was hitting targets.  It was making them more money than me.  Then they take away my motivation, I no longer want to work hard at increasing my earnings there and they lose a lot of money.  I'm sure all the links to our images going will lose them traffic.  Someone searching for a specific image on Google will now find it on the other sites, not istock.  Perhaps that's why people see their earnings increase on other sites when they remove images from istock?

« Reply #892 on: February 02, 2013, 17:21 »
+12
Just dropped 1000 images .. more to go.

And I also found a way to speed things up even more.  It only took a few minutes to deactivate all 1000 images.

First install Sean's grease monkey script, then do a search for imacro firefox plug in.  That plug in records whatever actions you do and lets you replay them.

Open up the macro tool, and click record.. click deactivate on all images on a page of 20 images, and give a reason if you want.. click stop and save your macro.  Load a new page and click play.  ziiipp.  20 images instantly deactivated with a reason with one click of button.  Load 20 pages at a time in tabs and zip through them lickety split.

« Reply #893 on: February 02, 2013, 17:25 »
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Now how do the photos come off thinkstock and photos.com?  About 20% are gone.  Was hoping to cash out in Feb, but looks like there will still be partener sales coming through in March.

« Reply #894 on: February 02, 2013, 17:42 »
+6
just look at the time stamp on those emails!

Thanks Sean, greasemonkey and imacro :)

gillian

  • *Gillian*

« Reply #895 on: February 02, 2013, 18:04 »
0
I'm sure all the links to our images going will lose them traffic.  Someone searching for a specific image on Google will now find it on the other sites, not istock. 

I did a search for my xmas ball on the beach which shows up still in Google images as an iS image, just deactivated. likewise all my deactivated xmas files are still there.

« Reply #896 on: February 02, 2013, 18:15 »
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Now how do the photos come off thinkstock and photos.com?  About 20% are gone.  Was hoping to cash out in Feb, but looks like there will still be partener sales coming through in March.
Mine are moving at a snail's pace, but they are going down - just checked and it's 1846 (down from 1869 first thing this morning - and 2486 on Jan 28)

« Reply #897 on: February 02, 2013, 18:42 »
+5
I have deactivated 23 since the Google drive disaster was discovered, can't afford to do anything more at the moment as I lose exclusive royalties in 2 weeks and finances will be tight!

« Reply #898 on: February 02, 2013, 18:48 »
+1
I deactivate a few in protest. My income is for video so that is where I am focused now. Moving to drop my exclusive status soon if needed. My family to feed needs come first.

« Reply #899 on: February 02, 2013, 18:57 »
+1
I did a search for my xmas ball on the beach which shows up still in Google images as an iS image, just deactivated. likewise all my deactivated xmas files are still there.

I'm sure that once IS "sells" and image to Google, there's no way the photographer can pull it back through IS.   You'd have to take action against Google.  And good luck with that.



 

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