June 3, 2003 7:56 PM   Subscribe

fotolog Protest pics are flooding is this the "titanic struggle" gothamist was talking about? or a simple tax revolt ?
posted by azul (17 comments total)
Yeah, I've been watching the fallout since the switch earlier today. It certainly is a good study of what can happen when new (money-related) policies are suddenly introduced into a community. Btw, their servers apparently have been serving about a 1G/hour. That's why they need some cash.
posted by gluechunk at 9:32 PM on June 3, 2003

I agree, it couldn't have gone on for much longer. Membership had jumped by about 4000 in four weeks, due in part to a NY Times article. The move to a fee based system was quite sudden so the backlash isn't much of a surprise. Comments at the site are mostly supportive though, and I've noticed a lot of gold cameras already.
posted by btwillig at 9:44 PM on June 3, 2003

What are you people talking about? Protest of what?
posted by hammurderer at 9:56 PM on June 3, 2003

hammurderer, they introduced a Gold Camera plan. Previously fotonet was entirely free. There are still free things, but free accounts have limitations.
posted by gluechunk at 9:59 PM on June 3, 2003

This post reads like a follow-up to something I've never heard of.
posted by smackfu at 9:59 PM on June 3, 2003

This sounds like a pretty stupid shouting match to me. Are camgirls that obnoxious that they think they own the place, and the owners somehow aren't entitled to do what they wish with their own site?
posted by tomorama at 10:05 PM on June 3, 2003

I, for one, welcome our new camgirl overlords.

I really do.
posted by iamck at 1:19 AM on June 4, 2003

Well, if it disrupts the site, then ban their IPs or ban any IP out of Brazil. If you love the site that much, then pay for it....ya cheap camgirl bastards.

smackfu, the trackbacks at the bottom of the page, give the full story.
posted by mkelley at 4:15 AM on June 4, 2003

Are camgirls that obnoxious that they think they own the place, and the owners somehow aren't entitled to do what they wish with their own site?

Don't go there.
posted by rory at 4:23 AM on June 4, 2003

Thank god for camgirls. The internet has become so tame. Someone's gotta serve up some spice in the form of teen rebellion. I'm gonna turn on my webcam and whip out my hooters now in solidarity. We're not gonna take it laying down anymore!
posted by RJ Reynolds at 6:57 AM on June 4, 2003

Camgirl wrath. f33r.
posted by tomorama at 7:07 AM on June 4, 2003

Weird. I actually signed up for fotolog (search for "ufez" if you wanna see) two days ago, the day before they made the switch to the GoldCam status. Maybe it's because I haven't been there long or I'm used to ponying up for a good service, but the upgrade doesn't bother me at all. I'll sign up for the upgrade later today.

Fotolog's a great service. They host all your pics, it's a well run site, there aren't any ads, and it's very well organized. For people to throw such a hissy fit about being asked to pay for an upgrade while a smaller service is still offered free of charge is immature and ridiculous.
posted by Ufez Jones at 7:11 AM on June 4, 2003

I had visited Fotolog in the past to look at friends' photos, but having my own domain, I never bothered getting an account. To me, it would have seemed wrong to use the free services to save myself some bandwidth. Now that the free account is only one pic a day, I am thinking about getting a free account there just to do something like a photo-a-day type project just for fun and hang out with my friends. Well, once the insane scat spamming has stopped and things have simmered down a little I will.

I was over there earlier looking at some photos, and I couldn't help but read the angry Brazilians posting on every page. A great many of them have no idea how expensive it can be to run a site like that in both time and money. Someone even suggested that they put the whole site on Lycos with the little sponsor bar at the top, because Lycos lets you have a gig a day of bandwidth. Heh ... Fotolog would be down about 23 hours a day at that rate. :D

I am still chuckling to myself though about some of the comments about how poor they are, they don't have food to eat, they can't afford to pay for things like Americans can, and yet they must be sitting in a house that has a computer, an internet connection, and they must own either a digital camera or they are paying for processing and then own a scanner. Yes, a great many Brazilians ARE very poor right now, but the ones that are screaming about not being able to afford the new fees at Fotolog are most likely not a part of that group.

It's almost unfortunate when a really great site gets a lot of sudden media attention which causes tons of people to want to use the service. It almost always leads to membership fees of some sort. I just hope that Fotolog comes through this in one piece and continues on the path it was meant to be on.
posted by Orb at 8:08 AM on June 4, 2003

Camgirl wrath. f33r.

You all are a bunch of racists.

posted by dhoyt at 8:46 AM on June 4, 2003

I love fotolog but won't pay the $5 when there are so many other great services that are very similar and free out there - and let you host much higher-resolution (suitable for design work) images, with no upload restrictions at all. Of course, if I told you what they were, they'd get overloaded and have to charge, too.
posted by luriete at 9:22 AM on June 4, 2003

Replicating a comment I just posted on Gothamist below:

Never been to Fotolog before (too boring), but a friend just told me about brazilians kids making a fool of themselves on the web, so I had to check it out.

Been there. Seen the pictures. Seen the faces. These are all upper middle class kids from Brazil's best cities and neighborhoods. They sure as hell have R$ 15 to pay for fotolog, if it is so damn important.

Let's use the McDonalds Rule for calculating the *real* value of currency: a Big Mac meal (w/ medium fries and medium coke) costs about R$ 7. So, now you have a pretty good idea of what does US$ 5 represents.

Please ignore them and they will go away. As every spoiled brat in the planet, one characteristic they lack is persistance.
posted by falameufilho at 4:08 PM on June 4, 2003

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