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« on: November 30, 2007, 21:00 »
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I've stopped uploading to SV, and in fact I don'y even bother to look there any more.

Last blog news seems to have been weeks ago.

Has it died?  Or am I overlooking something?


« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2007, 21:07 »
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No sales in awhile. I only have 20 files online there. Not going to bother uploading everything until they have FTP and show signs of actually trying to be successful.

« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2007, 21:16 »
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Views are increasing every day, but very few sales so far.

« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2007, 23:09 »
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There was this horrible odor coming from the site. And when they forced opened the trunk...

« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2007, 00:53 »
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Ye Gods!  I've just checked the site and found I've got another two downloads (at $3 commission each).

I must have tempted the Gods (or something) with my earlier posting....

Well, that's made me speechless for the rest of the day.....

« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2007, 04:54 »
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I have made $5.70 there so far.  As I wasn't around when istock etc. started, it is hard to know how well new sites are doing.  They seem to be doing much better than Albumo who started at around the same time.  They don't need to improve much to catch up with Lucky Oliver, who seem to have been around for a long time.

« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2007, 06:55 »
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I was at $15 when I checked ten or so days ago, and I'm probably still there.

« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2007, 08:09 »
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I was with StockXpert from the beginning and it took months and months for them to get sales going.  Hence, Beta. Look at them now!

Patience people.

Would you invite guests over for dinner if the pantry was still empty.

They just announced that they had 125,000 photos online. How are they going to get there if everyone stops uploading.

This is a good chance to get your portfolio loaded - (think about rejections at the big five...
sorry but we have enough photos in that category)

PaulieWalnuts

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« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2007, 09:00 »
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Hey Hatman, I wonder if we'll ever see new companies popping up using some of your nicknames for Snapvillage? Slappertown? Crapvillage?

SV is slow but moving for me. Some sales but toward the bottom.

« Reply #9 on: December 02, 2007, 02:16 »
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Okay, okay Nazdravie - I'll stop calling SV Slappertown.

Perhaps Penelope is right, and in a couple of years we'll all be gasping at the huge customer base and thousands of downloads.

But they haven't exactly got off to a whizzing start have they; I agree it's too early to invite the guests to dinner, all the more so as it seems SV doesn't even own a stove yet...

First impressions count a lot.  SV is making itself the laughing stock of the microstock industry.  I think we could have (rightly) expected better from Corbis.

Penelope - where did you see that announcement about 125,000 images?

PaulieWalnuts

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« Reply #10 on: December 02, 2007, 08:03 »
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Hatman - must have come across the wrong way. I like the nicknames.

« Reply #11 on: December 02, 2007, 08:45 »
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It was in an email from feedblitz  -

Corbis SnapVillage Microstock Collection Surpasses 125,000 Images

Snapvillage_corbis Seattle, WA, Nov. 29, 2007. SnapVillage, the innovative microstock website empowered by Corbis, today announced it has uploaded the 125,000th image to its rapidly growing collection. The milestone demonstrates that photographers are quickly embracing SnapVillages easy-to-use website, pick-your-own-price model and the opportunity for their imagery to be upgraded to Corbis.com.

"We are very pleased with the reception that SnapVillage has received since its beta launch in June", said Senior Vice President of Corbis.com & SnapVillage.com, Adam Brotman. "We have exceeded our initial expectations of the number of images we have received to date a great achievement given the website remains in beta."

SnapVillage is now receiving more than 10,000 images each week in categories ranging from landscapes and interiors to people and food and drink.

Our rapid inventory growth and the wide variety of high-quality, fresh and visually attractive content that is available on the site shows that photographers are taking full advantage of SnapVillages flexible pick-your-own-price model, said Brotman.

"We are finding that photographers are uploading content to our site that they are not giving other microstock sites because SnapVillage offers a wider range of pricing options and allows them to pick their own price. As SnapVillage continues to grow and gain momentum, we hope to see even greater numbers of photographers embrace it."

Todays announcement demonstrates the continuing momentum of SnapVillage, including adding support for IPTC and XMP metadata extraction, improved watermarking technology, search improvements and an improved and streamlined registration process.

In addition, the site plans to introduce a bulk upload feature within the next few months.

SnapVillage has no membership fees, accepts submissions from photographers virtually anywhere in the world and offers image licensing in the United States. While in beta, SnapVillage continues its commitment to actively listen and incorporate customer feedback while accelerating enhancements to the website.

digiology

« Reply #12 on: December 02, 2007, 10:19 »
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Hatman - must have come across the wrong way. I like the nicknames.

I think the nicknames are funny too! I have stopped myself several times from posting things like:
Thats Snaperific!
Snaptastic!
Way to Snap!

 ;D ;D ;D

« Reply #13 on: December 02, 2007, 11:33 »
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Or the 1960s "Oh Snap!"

digiology

« Reply #14 on: December 02, 2007, 12:07 »
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Or the 1960s "Oh Snap!"

Shouldn't that be "snapedelic"  8)

« Reply #15 on: December 02, 2007, 12:53 »
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Is anyone having problems uploading to them?  I got an original 28 uploaded and then after that I can't seem to get anything uploaded.  I wrote to them at least a week or so ago but haven't heard anything back.  Very frustrating...

« Reply #16 on: December 02, 2007, 14:38 »
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Here's a game---how many nicknames can you come up with?

SnafuVillage;
Slap-and-Pillage;
SnuffVillage;
Stuff-and-NonsenseVillage.




« Reply #17 on: December 05, 2007, 05:27 »
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I can't upload to Snapvillage. Everytime I try step 1, I see the uploading starting and then nothing, step 1 again. I'm using apple maybe that's the problem?

gr Claudia

« Reply #18 on: December 05, 2007, 05:59 »
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same happened with my uploads yesterday. I gave up after 6-7 attempts.
I use Windows.

vphoto

michealo

« Reply #19 on: December 05, 2007, 06:18 »
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Claudia on Mac using Firefox for uploads rather than Safari works for me.

« Reply #20 on: December 05, 2007, 10:48 »
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Thanks for the tip Michaelo, I will try firefox, maybe that will help

« Reply #21 on: December 05, 2007, 11:48 »
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I'm on PC and I tried with both IE and FF and I was never able to upload... so I never did!

Maybe one day... when they find out what FTP is.

« Reply #22 on: December 05, 2007, 11:53 »
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What's FTP?

« Reply #23 on: December 05, 2007, 12:21 »
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With SV at the moment it is Failure to Transfer Pictures :)

PaulieWalnuts

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« Reply #24 on: December 05, 2007, 13:05 »
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I tried uploading a few earlier and it gave me some sort of invalid file name error (although it's the same naming system I've been using all along) and then when I hit the submit button it didn't do anything. I tried a few time to finish the upload process and couldn't. First time I've had a problem.

« Reply #25 on: December 05, 2007, 13:15 »
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Often when I try to upload five pictures the thing times out - a little red message appears at the top of the screen saying "an unknown error occured - please try again after some time".

On other occasions an error message pops up saying 'invalid character in file name".

When these errors occur I resort to uploading only two pics at a time - that solves the problem, but man is it shortening my life.........

Re FTP - see the announcement by SV above "we plan to introduce FTP sometime in the next few months....."  Not exactly what you'd call 'dynamic business growth'......

« Reply #26 on: December 05, 2007, 13:21 »
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Oops -error.
« Last Edit: December 05, 2007, 13:27 by hatman12 »

gbcimages

« Reply #27 on: December 05, 2007, 13:28 »
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I had three dl's yesterday

« Reply #28 on: December 05, 2007, 13:36 »
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Hatman - are you using Mac or PC and what system?  I have a Mac with Firefox and still can't seem to get it to work.

Thanks for the info!

« Reply #29 on: December 05, 2007, 14:37 »
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Just got this error message when I tried to login.   :-\

Quote
The village idiot just got loose!

(We told you we were in Beta!)

« Reply #30 on: December 05, 2007, 16:09 »
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Just got this error message when I tried to login.   :-\

Quote
The village idiot just got loose!

(We told you we were in Beta!)

Are they referring to the CEO or the web site programmer?
*Slaps own hand for extreme naughtiness* SY

« Reply #31 on: December 05, 2007, 16:12 »
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Scrappin, I'm using Windows XP and IE7.

Just uploaded 15 pics to SV.  They would only take ones and twos (doh) but I did it while eating breakfast so no sweat.

« Reply #32 on: December 05, 2007, 16:34 »
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next time i will try to submit 1-2 at time. SN is at MS-DOS level still ...

vphoto


« Reply #33 on: December 05, 2007, 17:13 »
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I wonder if they are making it hard to upload on purpose?  If they had FTP running properly, they might get swamped with images and as I have seen with other sites, it isn't easy to grow a stock site quickly.  istock have had years to build up their site and they still have problems now.

Albumo grew quickly but they seem to have forgotten the buyers.  At least SV has some buyers at this early stage.

« Reply #34 on: December 05, 2007, 17:25 »
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I've never seen so many folks suffering over an obviously defective stock web site. Piece of advice: When you poke yourself in the eye with a sharp stick don't do it again.

PaulieWalnuts

  • On the Wrong Side of the Business
« Reply #35 on: December 05, 2007, 18:01 »
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I've never seen so many folks suffering over an obviously defective stock web site. Piece of advice: When you poke yourself in the eye with a sharp stick don't do it again.
The reason I stick with them is because it has potential.

Despite the fact that it's a trainwreck, is difficult to upload to, and I'm sure the buyers are having problems too, I'm actually getting sales and showing some growth. I can set the sale amount and average sales earnings are higher than most other sites for me. 

Imagine the possibilites if it actually worked right and got out of this never-ending "beta".

« Reply #36 on: December 05, 2007, 21:21 »
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I agree about the possibilitis Nazdavie; after all this is Corbis we are talking about.

On the other hand the whole SV thing gives the impression that it is being run by an old school RM agency person who simply doesn't believe or understand about microstock - it's so sloppy it's like an afterthought.

Until that changes, SV will not realise its potential.

It's quite remarkable that in the space of three or four months SV has launched and managed to become the laughing stock of the microstock industry.  That's quite an achievement.

Still, hopefully one day something will happen to make it change.  But at the moment it reminds me of an old Korean phrase - "a frog living in a well has a limited view of the world".

« Reply #37 on: December 06, 2007, 03:11 »
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It's quite remarkable that in the space of three or four months SV has launched and managed to become the laughing stock of the microstock industry.  That's quite an achievement.


It hasn't launched though, it is still a beta site.  I am not going to judge them before the site has been officially launched.  Use the way back machine and you will see that SV is ahead of where IS were after 5 months.  IS were still giving away images for free http://web.archive.org/web/20000819163438/http://istockphoto.com/

I know IS was the first so that is probably not a good comparison but I haven't seen a site with more sales than SV after 5 months.  Is there one?

« Reply #38 on: December 06, 2007, 04:13 »
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Good point sharpshot.  I wasn't around in those old days, nor for the launches of DT and FT.

However life has moved on.  IS alone will turn over nearly $100 million in sales this year.  That's serious business.  So to enter into a market the venture has to be serious and expert, because it isn't a startup industry any more.

Anyway, we'll see how SV develops.

« Reply #39 on: December 06, 2007, 05:29 »
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It's quite remarkable that in the space of three or four months SV has launched and managed to become the laughing stock of the microstock industry.  That's quite an achievement.

The laughing stock title I believe belongs to LO. After a year of hard work, they have finally achieved what I thought not possible for an agency that stirs up so much dust: none of my images have had a single sale for two months   ???

Snaptown, I believe, isn't even officially launched yet.

« Reply #40 on: December 07, 2007, 00:29 »
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I have 128 photos on SV. And had 9 downloads.

So far $1.80. I have loaded 190 drawings for T Shirts on Red Bubble and just got my first payout.


 

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