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Most of us know and enjoy Flickr, it has been around for around 9 years now, a veritable lifetime in internet years. Whilst a massive and popular site, Flickr is perhaps not the best way these days to showcase your images. It is awash with snapshots of just about everything, from holiday snaps to unboxing the latest bit of kit. As a social networking tool, its range is limited. There is however a new(ish) kid on the block, 500px.
Founded by Evgeny Tchebotarev in 2003, 500px has grown rapidly since it's relaunch in 2009 to become one of the premier sites for enthusiasts and professionals to showcase their images. As with many things in life, its effectiveness stems from its simplicity. From the opening page, you can see that the site is simple to navigate and visually attractive. The name comes from the fact that the founders originally decided that the best resolution to display images on a webpage is 500 pixels. From 2009 the images size was increased to 900 pixels to reflect the increased resolution of websites and increased internet bandwidth.
So lets have a little look at what 500px can do for you. Firstly, when you sign up, there are three levels of membership. The basic membership is free and allows you to upload 10 photos a week. Unlike some other sites, the free membership does not restrict things such as social media marketing or your ability to sell. The paid accounts introduce extra levels of marketability such as personal sub domain names and advanced analytics to monitor your success.