While considering my eventual move from flickr if Microsoft buys the place, I'm conducting a detailed evaluation of the differences a new user will find between the two sites. Bear in mind this review is from someone who has been using flickr for over two years and only has a couple of days with ipernity, so if you have more experience with ipernity and notice that I'm missing something, please mention it. Here we go...
Creating the account
I already had an ipernity account, so I skipped this step but there's one really big difference here that I really want to talk about: ipernity fully supports authentication using OpenID. If you don't know what I'm talking about here, you should read about it because it is really useful.
What it means for a new user coming from flickr is you can use your Yahoo! OpenID to to create your ipernity account and use it afterwords to authenticate to ipernity. That's one less password to maintain and one more step on the development of your network identity.
As I'm a big fan of OpenID, this is a big plus to me so I consider ipernity better on account creation
ipernity 1 - flickr 0
So, once we have the account, the first thing we want to do is upload some images. Here ipernity tries really hard attract people coming from flickr by supplying not one but three methods for importing images from flickr:
- We can upload images from any URL, so we just need to supply the URL to the image, on flickr or anywhere else on the web. This is a very useful feature.
- There is a Greasemonkey script for importing a batch of images from our flickr account, complete with title, description and tags.
- There's another Greasemonkey script that does the same, but on a image-by-image basis.
There's also another way to add photos we don't have on flickr: we can upload a zip file of images and ipernity will extract individual images. That's useful if you're uploading BMP or uncompressed TIFF files, or just to do a lot of JPG images on one go.
On flickr I never used the flash uploader and don't intend to use the one ipernity supplies, so I can't compare that. I consider ipernity wins the uploading contest as it give me more freedom to move from one image hosting provider to another.
ipernity 2 - flickr 0
Once you get to the image page, it's hard to spot the differences. You can edit title and description, add to groups and albums (that's what ipernity call sets), add tags, notes and comment on images in a way so similar you can't easily tell the difference.
I did notice some subtle differences, but I'll have to dig some more to be able to write about it. For now I'm considering a tie on this category.
ipernity 2.5 - flickr 0.5
Ipernity is matching what flickr offers in terms of privacy options. Threes family, friends, network (contacts), member and everyone else. The only difference I noticed was ipernity missing the permission to see location. But that's not enough no make a difference so it's a tie
ipernity 3 - flickr 1
Again, threes no noticeable difference here. That is until I noticed the "Your home page" link. On ipernity you are allowed to alter a lot of visual options on your account, specially color related options. This means you can have the black background page so many flickr users want. But that also means you will stumble upon some really odd looking pages. I like flickr's simplistic, coherent look and feel so for me this option is a mixed blessing. I call it a tie.
ipernity 3.5 - flickr 1.5
Small print: This review is from someone who has been using flickr for over two years and only has a couple of days with ipernity, so if you have more experience with ipernity and notice that I'm missing something, please mention it.