I’ve been thinking a bit about the 500px account changes today with their new level that’s being discussed as a competitor to Flickr Pro. While 500px offers a decent visual experience, I don’t see it being a Flickr killer.
Flickr’s killer features aren’t photo display, they’re about communities and an open API.
- The Groups feature, with its ability to virtually congregate with other photographers around any topic imaginable, is the big deal. Flickr both has the user base to allow for these groups to form along with the galleries and discussion features that make the groups succeed.
- Flickr’s API means that I can get photos into and out of Flickr via hundreds (if not thousands) of applications. The painless integration with so many other services means that Flickr plays well with photography applications, Twitter clients, blog platforms, various mobile apps, and more. 500px offers very little in the way of an API, and apparently any attempts to use it are very painful.
Am I way off? I don’t see the Flickr crowd which enjoys easy photo access and great communities jumping ship to 500px anytime soon… what do you think?