If there’s one thing that the latest Flickr revamp has taught us, it’s that we shouldn’t have all our eggs in one basket. Until now, there was really only one place you could go to be really inspired, which was Flickr. Sure, we’re on Twitter and Facebook. But those are more like stream-of-consciousness. They are great at disseminating news, but they aren’t great places to share and discuss each other’s photographs. Flickr still serves it’s purpose. But it’s change of design – which has given some of us an aneurysm – and their blatant disregard for the members formerly-known-as Pros, has left a bad taste in many people’s mouths. In fact, I am already aware of at least a dozen of our members that have left Flickr. Sadly, that leaves a hole.
So we wanted to diversify….
Google+ is something that we’ve been experimenting with. Earlier this year, they introduced the community system which is quite impressive. It’s somewhere between Facebook and Flickr. It’s much easier to track shared photos and the discussions attached to them than with Facebook. And it’s a fresh aesthetic. Nevermind the fact that the photography community has thrived – really thrived – on Google+. So, one of our members leaving Flickr suggested that I move over to there. Well, I’m not moving, but have personally been on Google+ for a while. And I agree, it’s awesome in its own way. But it’s not for everyone. So I’m not moving the Shutter Photo group either. But we are expanding.
Now, in addition to our Flickr Group, there is a new place where you can share your photos: The Shutter Photo @ Google+ Community. Just like with the Flickr Group, if you post a photo there, it may catch our eye and you may see it featured here. So if you’re already on Google+, or if you think you’d like to give it a try, join us and post your photos, questions and discussions. But if you still prefer Flickr, that’s okay, because we’ll continue to support the group there as well.