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I suggest posting on FAA's own forum - I think you'd find a lot of interest.

Thanks for the tip.

Hope everyone's doing well! I haven't been too active in the micro/mid-stock world lately (my last upload was months ago), but in the meantime I made a new tool that I think you might like. Or you might not ... it's a big beautiful world out there ... but it'd be good to get your feedback, anyway. :P

Here's the link: Lypse.com

Lypse automates your art/photo Tweets so that every time you upload a new piece Lypse posts it without you having to do anything. It's made to be super simple, and you're able to change services (i.e. galleries) at any point, and it will start Tweeting from there instead. At the moment it supports 14 sites (including 500px, iStock, Shutterstock, Getty proper, Flickr, and FAA). Links to the original image source are mandatory, so nobody can hijack your work.

Oh, and it's free - up to two Tweets per day.

Do you have a minute to take a look? It's beta-ish at the moment, but a good bunch of people are using it now and nobody's poodle has been set on fire.  If you like it, awesome! Please pass it on. Either way it'd be cool to hear your thoughts. Thanks ;D


That was a long nap :)
;D I didn't say which morning.  ;)

New Sites - General / Re: Something a little different
« on: August 04, 2014, 13:17 »
Thanks again for the questions and helpful comments. Here are some answers and details:

Quote from: Jo Ann Snover2
I couldn't find a copy of the license anywhere.

You can find it if you click the "Download" link on any image, or in the FAQ section, which is found through a link on the "About" page.

Quote from: Jo Ann Snover2
I see that you're not accepting recognizable people - is that just because you haven't figured out handling of model releases yet? If that's the case, then you probably want to also consider the property release issues for anything (home interiors) shot on private property. A lot of stock sites require us to submit property releases for photos of our own artwork (just to be on the safe side).

There's some slack with faces if it's an artistic representation and the artists states that the face was created entirely from their imagination. Interesting point about the property release being used in this context, too.

Quote from: Jo Ann Snover2
Who do you think your buyers might be? People currently using the stock image web sites but who are bored with the sameness of what they find, or some new group that doesn't currently buy stock images?

Mainly the art print buyer, who with ArtsyStock can not only create a print (one for personal use) but also retain the file and use it for other purposes; and also for the people tired of flipping through pages of similar stock photos that you mention - especially those looking for something with an artistic bent.

Quote from: Jo Ann Snover2
The other things you'll need if you expect people to upload is the ability to read IPTC data from the JPEGs or EPS - is that in place now? Do you accept vectors or just JPEGs?

Yes, the system reads IPTC data, and at this point we're only accepting rasters.

Quote from: Jo Ann Snover2
Your locks on content seem a bit excessive for a new site - 60 days to close an account (during which time the art remains on sale), and no more than 25% of your portfolio can be deleted in a 90 day period. Why do you feel you need those? When you're an unknown quantity, that's a lot of trust to ask for.

So far the contributors haven't mentioned it as an issue, but I'm flexible to adjusting the details if there's a need.

Quote from: Jo Ann Snover2
I hope you're planning to allow contributors to opt out of affiliate sales, and to publish a list of any such sites for contributors to see. There have been no end of problems with finding our work scattered all over the place and not knowing which agency licensed it, how much we would be paid, etc.

Right now there are only two - Foundmyself and ArtsyStock, and the pricing structure, license, and everything else is the same on both.

Quote from: Jo Ann Snover2
If you spend any time looking around MSG, you'll see that contributors keep track of how sites are doing and which ones are worth uploading to by talking about earnings, royalty rates, etc. People will talk your site up if they're doing well there or tell others it's not worth it if they're not. If you start closing accounts if people engage in that sort of discussion, I doubt anyone here will be interested in submitting to your site.

Good point.


New Sites - General / Re: Something a little different
« on: July 21, 2014, 01:36 »
Jo Ann - thanks very much for your thoughts. I'm off to bed now but will be reading again and responding to your post in the morning with a fresh brain. :P

New Sites - General / Re: Something a little different
« on: July 21, 2014, 01:06 »
Some questions ask you?

1. Sign in non 'artsystock.com' Why should other sites?

2. I would like to know is whether the bulk upload?

Thanks for the questions. So ...

1) Right - ArtsyStock is a standalone site that mirrors the art stock images for sale on Foundmyself, which is an online art community. In that way I hoped to focus the message, since FM's bells and whistles meant for artists might get in the way of the art stock images. From the seller's end, all the work is done on Foundmyself, and the results are mirrored on ArtsyStock. It's similar to how other stock sites have sister sites, but it's different in that none of the pricing or royalties change between sites.

2) You can upload up to ten images at a time as an approved contributor.

Hi all - I wanted to share a niche stock site I recently created that has more of a creative/artistic bent than usual, but still has mid-to-micro-stock price points.

It's called ArtsyStock, it's brand new, and I'd be interested in your opinions if you'd be generous enough to offer them. There aren't too many photographs at the moment, but we'll accept any medium so long as the result is interesting. The collection is very small right now since we're so new, but growing at a good pace.

ArtsyStock isn't really meant to offer the painting equivalents of handshake images, as you'll see, and the usefulness for designers lies in niche areas and with creative solutions to design problems. Customers can also use the images they buy for a gallery-quality print, so there's a bit more flexibility there compared to a standard art print site for your average art buyer looking for a deal. On the seller's end we start everyone off with 51% royalty rates, capping off at 75%, based on lifetime sales (no yearly "redeemed credits" in other words).

Many thanks for checking out the site. :)


Microstockgroup Buy and Sell / Re: FS - Microstock domain set
« on: January 14, 2014, 16:57 »
I gave it a go. Looks like it's going to sell. Thanks for the suggestion. ;D


Microstockgroup Buy and Sell / Re: FS - Microstock domain set
« on: November 17, 2013, 02:25 »
have you considered putting it on flippa and making an auction out of it.
I have, yeah, but buyers there seem to prefer turnkey sites rather than domains. Still might give it a go. I thought maybe here someone would see more value in it for a potential project. Thanks Leaf :)

Microstockgroup Buy and Sell / FS - Microstock domain set
« on: November 15, 2013, 18:27 »
Hi all -

Just wanted to let you fellow microstockers know that I'm selling a microstock video related domain set. I simply have too many irons on the fire at the moment to start another project! More info can be found at the domain itself: MicrostockVideos.com

Also included are the .net and .org domains. If you have any questions, please let me know. I'm not asking for a specific price, so if you're interested, feel free to shoot me an offer via the site, or PM via MSG. Thanks! :)

iStockPhoto.com / Re: Stats graphics not updating
« on: November 15, 2013, 14:58 »
My guess is that they're afraid to fix anything because they're A) worried that enabling features will bring the site to a crawl again (just look at the first time they tried enabling the "larger thumbnail" feature), and B) have really no idea how all the code on the site works, and doesn't work, together. The site is a house of cards.

is it possible to opt out of subscriptions with photos?

I know you can with video.

From what I hear this is what many people would like to do- send images to ss only for regular single sales.
Yes, is this possible?

Hha, thought this was kind of funny. I was just reading the iS forum on this and getting pissed, so decided to Google about starting a class action lawsuit, clicked the "Ehow" link like a dork, and saw this, right on that page:


The ad is right on as well, since as an exclusive I'm a little scared. Pissed mostly, truth be told. Anyway ;D ;D


From 15b of the contributor agreement
b.You consent to service of any required notice or process upon you by email, registered mail or overnight courier with proof of delivery notice, addressed to the address or contact information provided by you at the time you are first granted access to the membership portions of the Site. You agree to waive any right you may have to (i) trial by jury; and (ii) to commence or participate in any class action against iStockphoto related to the Site or this Agreement.

Not saying that the language is ironclad, but we did agree to it
Once iS breaches their part of the contract, the rest is null and void.

What about just shopping around the story of how the biggest microstock site in the world made all the wrong decisions, hired inept programmers, tarnished their reputation with buyers and contributors, and lost control of the market they dominated? Seriously, let's go to the press. Cheaper than hiring a lawyer, at least.

iStockPhoto.com / iStock website down. Again.
« on: January 06, 2013, 15:40 »
I was refreshing the page to read updates on the thread about iStock licensing our photos to Microsoft (essentially letting users steal full size images without attribution ... but that's another story) when I got this: http://img577.imageshack.us/img577/4546/istockdown.jpg

My latest batch of images is going to Alamy, methinks.

Good sign, and I'm grateful for the basic needs of the site finally being addressed. Let's hope this helps some, and when the flip is switched, that the entire site doesn't go down.

iStockPhoto.com / Re: Discount email
« on: December 03, 2012, 01:15 »
I just received the 20% off any credit pack e-mail - coming to my contributor account, and nothing to the test account that received the 30% off agency e-mail.
Just got mine, so yours might just be delayed. My account is a contributor and buyer account, and I've purchased more than I've contributed, #s-wise.

iStockPhoto.com / Re: Could somebody loan me a dime?
« on: December 02, 2012, 13:40 »
Wow, are you joking? Since when did this become the pan-handlers forum? If you want more DL's, put the work in and earn them.
^ Romney voter

iStockPhoto.com / Re: Istock December Newsletter
« on: November 29, 2012, 18:53 »
 ;D Love it. They can't even report on their mistakes without mistakes.

Oh and by the by, in the iS forum post of this announcement, to prove again to the world what a total asshat L*bo is, here's his super sensitive response to a long-time exclusive member deciding to give up the crown:

Posted By Jancouver:
I'm out, I have been around way too long and got almost 10K downloads and now I will be traeted as someone who started yesterday and just turned exclusive. iStock will take additional 17% of my revenue jsut because I didnt make the 11K sales. Like it was my fault. Good luck to you all, I cant take it anymore ... it was a good ride butunfotutnatelly now its over. Too bad I canceled the the other accounts when I bacame exclusive ... oh well, we all make mistakes.

Well, thanks for letting us know. If you have any questions regarding your account please feel free to contact Contributor Relations.

It's amazing to me that an online company, where anyone can review and search insider remarks and details so easily, would allow someone like this to be one of their major mouthpieces, especially when everything comes out the other end. Maybe it's time for an all-out grassroots campaign to topple this POS site once and for all. And that's coming from an exclusive.

iStockPhoto.com / Re: Stats haven't updated since Nov. 14th?
« on: November 29, 2012, 15:00 »
so true, how do we know if they aren't stealing from the till?
who audits them to keep them honest?

Lobo? :'(

iStockPhoto.com / Re: So who's going to miss their RC targets?
« on: November 29, 2012, 03:01 »
Last year I was easily 25k over my target, this year my RCs have halved and I'll be almost 25k under my target... absolutely abysmal....

Wow, sorry to hear that. Were you uploading new work much this year, out of curiosity?

iStockPhoto.com / Re: So who's going to miss their RC targets?
« on: November 29, 2012, 02:00 »
Same level achieved but won't go near getting to the next.

ahh the days of 20%

Imagine all the extra good programing guys they've got with the extra %, if they didn't have them the IS sight would surely be broken.

Lol true. We should be thankful the site hasn't melted our motherboards and kidnapped our newborn puppies. Thank goodness for the money we've lost.

iStockPhoto.com / Re: So who's going to miss their RC targets?
« on: November 29, 2012, 01:35 »
I hit 40% today actually and got the congrats email. A nice 15% increase. Nice way to start the day.  :)
Nicely done!

iStockPhoto.com / Re: So who's going to miss their RC targets?
« on: November 28, 2012, 15:44 »
No, you just have to try to shoot saleable stuff, while they do everything they can to stop buyers from buying it. Sort of like a diabolic game.
;D ;D ...  :'(

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