Well it wouldn’t be a Monday if there weren’t yet another Flickr clone coming out for public purview and, well it’s Monday.
The latest venture is a site called tabblo and it seems to hold a bit of promise. tabblo works like flickr or most of the other photo sharing site but has a few wrinkles that make it interesting.
Like flickr you can upload all of your photos to the site. It does not appear that there is any storage or bandwidth limits and this point and it appears to be free. You can upload directly or you can also use their bulk uploading tool. But here’s the real kicker and something that sets this site out above some of the other flickr clones — you can also just import all of your shots directly from Flickr including all of your meta data, tags, etc.
If you want to see my shots on tabblo you can click here.
First off I have to say that this is pretty cool on Flickr’s part that they allow this. It would be easy for them to be proprietary about their users’ content, but the fact that they are allowing this says to me that they understand that as much as flickr belongs to them, that the photos still belong to all of us. And that having the right to bulk transfer your photos to another site and save one a ton of time is something cool. It’s also smart for tabblo to launch with a flickr importer option. It saves a lot of time and makes it an easy alternative site for the flickr fan.
The other thing that I like about tabblo is the whole concept of tabblos. A tabblo is kind of like a flickr set on steroids. Rather than flickr’s simple display of a photo set, one can customize a tabblo to include text, personalized and customized layouts, etc. Each individual tabblo or super set can be built as it’s own story. I need to play with these more but conceptually I like the idea.
The site is ad free which is kind of cool. I’m not quite sure how they are paying for all of this but imagine that the venture falls under the let’s build it and see how many people we can get to come and then figure out the money part. The site has services to print your stuff, make posters, etc. and they site this in their FAQ as the way that they plan to make money initially.
Like flickr you control the privacy of your photos. They can be public for all to see (as mine are) or private just for your contacts that you invite.
Another kind of cool thing is that tabblo allows people to collaborate on sets. So if you wanted to create a certain set and invite your friends you can. This would be helpful along the idea of flickr groups, but again, allows more customization of the page layout.
The site was created by Antonio Rodriguez and certainly holds promise. The advice that I would give tabblo is to embrace community in the way that Flickr has, develop their own concept of ratings and interestingness type rank, work with the major search engines to promote their member’s images through them, build a system where users can track where their traffic is coming from and perhaps in the longer term figure out a way to build stock into their service (something that I’m also working on myself at the moment).
I need to play around with the site more to find out other than super sets what kind of functionality it offers vs. Flickr but it’s nice to see another site out there and I look forward to another player out on the field. That being said though, I think it will be very tough indeed without some major major features for any site at this point to displace Flickr as the cool toy for photonerds, or as is sometimes said, almost certainly the best online photo management and sharing application in the world.
Flickr of course also has a major overhaul due out this week and it will be interesting to see what they give us. One thing that I think they won’t be giving us (unfortunately) is the oft asked for tool to track where your photo traffic is coming from. But it will be interesting to see how the new and improved flickr looks later this week.