According to an announcement on its website, the popular file sharing service 500px that currently has over thirteen million photographers registered as users, was acquired late last month by Visual China Group (VCG). This is not really so surprising a development as VCG had already become in 2015 the single largest investor in 500px.
Along with the notice of acquisition, the same announcement went on to describe new features to be offered to users:
"New products and services rolling out this year include:
- Better statistics to improve and understand the reach and impact of your photos;
- Top charts and badges that will help expand your exposure and reward your achievements;
- Private messaging to support meaningful communication between members;
- Sub-communities that allow photographers to connect around shared interests, styles, and locations."
Whether 500px will remain otherwise unchanged as a result of the acquisition is difficult to predict.
Even before this change of ownership, I had had reservations regarding 500px and other photo sharing entities that I will discuss in a future post.