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EverPix Noooo!!!!!

Is it me?

First Zang Zing and now Everpix. 

Zang Zing was a great web based photo sharing service that I subscribed to and covered on ScreenCastsOnline. It had great integration with various services and allowed you consolidate all your photos in a single service. It was great!

It closed down in 2012 and I was bitterly disappointed. 

Then Everpix came onto the scene. Similar to Zang Zing but much better. It allowed you to consolidate all your photos from many different sources and de-duplicated them for you. No more worrying if you had uploaded this picture or that picture in Aperture or Flickr, Everpix took them all and sorted them for you. Heck, it even allowed you to send photos directly from your iOS device camera roll.

It had a great iOS App that enabled you to access all the de-duplicated photos from your iPhone and a really neat "highlights" feature that emailed you every day. 

It wasn't perfect but it was headed in the right direction and had huge potential. I was more than happy to pay from an Annual subscription. 

Yesterday they announced they were closing down. 


Such a brilliant service was unsustainable using the business model they had. Basically, they weren't getting enough paying subscribers to maintain the business and to pay for the hosting. In effect, you could get unlimited photo storage for a single annual payment or just $50 or pay nothing and get unlimited storage of all you photos for the past 12 months. 

In hindsight, the pricing was completely bonkers!

Such a shame as it really was a fantastic service. 

The failure wasn't the tech, it was the unsustainable business model. 

I wish that startups would figure this out at the beginning. When the writing was on the wall with Everpix, they should have approached the existing customer base. I would have been happy to pay significantly more than I was paying to keep the service alive. I would have happily paid pro rate based on the amount of storage I was using.

Stop expecting the paying users to subsidise the free accounts, or if you do, price it so it's sustainable. 

Dropbox did it for goodness sake.

Now the search for an alternative - I don't think I have the stomach for another small player, I think I'll just have to put up with Flickr for now. 

Absolutley gutted!


Reader Comments (6)

The winner for services like Everpix is the fire-and-forget approach. The ability to auto upload your photos and organise them. With Flickr, I have struggled to find any auto upload approach that doesn't upload photos as Public by default, also there is no auto organisation.
I am giving thislife a try for a month. It seems similar to Everpix and has some of the same features, and few extra. It is still on "beta", which could mean it won't last, but it seems to have a slightly better pricing model. So fingers crossed.

November 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBryan

Personally, I have become reluctant to purchase camera apps, or services like Everpix, because they either sell out when they become popular and then disappear, or the service closes due to poor management.

November 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

Now the shock is over, anger is setting in and I feel the same. I've been self employed for 30 years and I'm still around to serve my customers. I think it is really irresponsible to mess with our memories like this, to offer a place of safety for our most precious items and then take it away.
In times of calamity, bushfire for example, the first thing people grab is their photo albums. They are vital to our lives.
These guys should have made sure they were well funded before starting. Very unprofessional.

November 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGraham Hodge

Well, that's what you should expect when you use a free serv... oh, wait. Yes, paid services (and products) disappear just as often as free ones do.

I had recently signed up for a free account (yeah, I know, it's all my fault) but I was only uploading my iPhone photos because in the general sense of ALL my photos, a service such as Everpix never made sense to me.

November 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAllister

Hi Don,
Checkout PictureLife it looks pretty simular to EverPix

November 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPeedy

I've settled on for now! the only problem I'm having really is my slow internet taking days to upload my photos.

November 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGraham Hodge

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