In the first part of this analysis, I wrote about the basic functionality we need to share photos. In this post, I'm going to try to compare the differences on the social side of photo sharing for someone coming from flickr. In case you're interested, the score so far was something like this:
ipernity 3.5 - flickr 1.5
Flickr's community is just huge when compared to ipernity, no point in trying to compare numbers, so I won't. At first sight there seems to be an identical mindset and I'm sure most of the users have used flickr sometime in the past, so I can expect it will not be difficult to (re)build a network of contacts. From what I've seen in discussions and comments, people are friendly, polite and helpful.
It quickly became clear that ipernity has a much higher percentage of europeans and there tends to be a lot more conversations and comments in french and german than there was on flickr. Personally, I like that.
This review is about migrating from flickr and the cutting of ties with contacts there is probably what newcomers will miss the most so I'll consider the community
a point if favor of continuing on flickr. For someone starting from scratch I'd call it a tie.
ipernity 3.5 - flickr 2.5
The one thing that marvels me the most on flickr is exploring photos. Flickr's explore and interestingness make for a wonderful experience and I stayed for hours just listening to music and reloading explore or browsing the calendar.
The first thing I tried on ipernity was it's own explore interface. It is nothing like flickr, not even close. Actualy, it's very, very far. I can't just figure what's the idea behind that page other that just having some sort of placeholder for ways of browsing ipernity. Theres some sort of behind-the-scene "rating" system, most likely based on views, comments and favorites, but while flickr uses interestingness to rate images close to real-time, ipernity seems to use a monthly based algorithm. As a result, the what's hot page stays the same from day to day.
On the fourth day I stopped trying to find interesting photos using explore. That's just not the way to go on ipernity. I consider the difference so huge that not only flickr wins on this one, it rules. I'll even grant two points to better express the difference.
ipernity 3.5 - flickr 4.5
In flickr groups have photo pools and discussions. Ipernity's groups are exactly the same only there's less of them and they are less crowded. Tie.
ipernity 4 - flickr 5
On flickr you can comment on photos, discussions and write testimonials. The same on ipernity, but you can also add replies to comments. This allows for threaded discussions and better comment flow on photo pages. What's more, the page you use to follow comments you made allows you to "do not follow anymore" for each comment. This is something I always wanted to have on flickr, so ipernity wins here
ipernity 5 - flickr 5
Keep up with your contacts
I find Ipernity's aproach of a network of contacts is a lot more versatile than what flickr (doesn't) have. You can not only see new photos your contacts post, but also see their latest comments. In addition, ipernity also keeps track of who visited your page and photos (if the visitor has the preference enabled) so you have a more "personal" contact with your visitors.
And something I also find interesting, is that you can add a special tag to document pages: a "member tag". This allows you to establish a relation between the document and a contact. You also have access to a "I am on this photo" link on your contacts photos. Of course, this open up some interesting privacy issues, but very useful for social networking.
ipernity 6 - flickr 5
Flickr has no blogging functionality. Ipernity wins this one with both hands tied and ballancing a coconut on it's head.
ipernity 7 - flickr 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.