Fotki added to photo hosting site search

11May08

Fotki had much potential, but in the end it failed to make the cut for me as I search for a photo hosting site.

Fotki

  • Excellent user rights! It’s Terms of Service Agreement actually indicates that it claims no ownership rights to your images and that they will not use your images for marketing purposes or any other purposes without obtaining the Member’s express permission. Now that’s something to cheer about.
  • The main white-backgrounded Fotki page is particularly busy. There’s way too much going on, and lacks a sense of polish-ness to the site. Also the name of the service doesn’t help to make it professional-like.
  • Not quite as interactive as Flickr. It has fields for comments, but you cannot add your own tags, for instance. You can view EXIF data of images, but not all metadata embedded in the image. It also shows GPS data as part of the EXIF info, but there are no provisions to see geotagged photos on a map. The non-full-sized images have their EXIF data striped from the images themselves. Only the original images retain the EXIF data.
  • Not the most intuitive because options are both on the left-hand pane, and associated with the item (album/photo). You need to look at both to see what you can do. Too many ways to upload photos (JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP, TIF, PSD!) . You can use their website to upload individual photos, a desktop software to upload photos with right-click context menu per photo or per directory, FTP uploading (premium membership only), fetching from another site, etc. Nice. Very basic editing features, such as rotating, or flipping horizontally or vertically. No link to different sized photos, only the original size. Uses keywords from Lightroom exported photos as tags.
  • Another site with subpar slidehow feature. Only displays a smaller image regardless of original size. Makes me appreciate how Flickr automatically scales the slideshow images based on the size of the browser and the original photo.
  • Free with miserly 50MB of space with ads. The premium membership gives unlimited space with no ads, and provides seller features as well, at a 15% commission.
  • Beyond being a photo site, each member also has space for videos (not a whole lot given the 50MB free space), a guestbook (why have this?), and a journal (for photo blogging).

Here’s a case of taking the right steps forwards — excellent user rights, PSD and TIF uploading, seller features, multiple ways to upload photos, but many steps back as well — small 50MB free space, sad slideshow features, no geotagging features, overly busy and unintuitive site, which is really too bad as it had potential.

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5 Responses to “Fotki added to photo hosting site search”

  1. 1 Fred

    Nice review, but looks like you’ve missed couple of points 🙂
    Fotki does have a geotagging option (check this http://maps.fotki.com/garygs1/albums/)
    Also with a paid account you may change your standard white-backgrounded page into something unique – like this (http://djpi.fotki.com/) or this (http://hrant.fotki.com/)

  2. 2 TopL

    Hi Fred,

    Thanks for the info on the album location mapping. I didn’t quite figure that one out until now even though I saw it when I first checked out Fotki. Also thanks for pointing out the extra features of the paid account.

    Regarding the geotagging, I see the benefit of being able to mark the location of your photoshoot (album) on a map, but would also like to be able to geotag or see the geotagged photos on a map.

    Take this example from one of my photos on Flickr:
    Zen

    I just geotagged the photo on the Flickr site itself, and if you click on the “map” portion of “Taken in Portland, Oregon (map)” on the lower right of the page under “Additional Information”, you’ll see where the photo was taken from. In fact, you can explore all the photos taken by someone looking at the Flickr map view. The map doesn’t have the quality of Google Maps unfortunately.

    –Top

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