Image Bookmarking Sites for Daily Inspiration
Social bookmarking, it’s what Delicious does (Reddit is social news in contrast, while StumbleUpon is social browsing), is one of the best working things when it comes to the wisdom of crowds.
While StumbleUpon tends to collect the lowest common denominator e.g. “funny images”,
social bookmarking really reflects popularity and quality of particular content.
There is even better social bookmarking out there, it’s (social) image bookmarking. It works even better as you don’t even have to visit the site the image stems from in case you’re busy.
So I present to you these image bookmarking sites for daily inspiration:
The oldest image bookmarking is probably FFFFOUND! Due to its limited access to friends and friends of friends of the founders it never became truly popular though. This way they ensured high quality if the images though. It’s very graphic design oriented so you’ll find lots of self promoting designers and photographers with their works. It’s OK as most of it is of good quality but sometimes I get annoyed by the prevalence of ads for Nike shoes and the likes.
VisualizeUs is relatively complex and feature rich. Based on the tags that are popular on it it seems that photography, illustration an dart in general reign supreme on the site. The image quality is surprisingly high. It seems there is some editorial oversight about the frontpage, similar to the one at Behance.
we heart it
With we heart it it’s difficult to find things that set it apart from the others above. It makes explicit images of barely clad women “unsafe” by default so that you can visit it at work too. “Girl” and “woman” are among the most popular tags. It’s similar to visualize us. On the other hand the audience is mostly made up from teenagers trying to present an online identity to the world it seems.
Pinterest is of course the number one image bookmarking site for a few years now. Most people do not even refer to it as image bookmarking because it created a league of its own. For years Pinterest was mostly populated by American women but
these days it reaches an increasingly global and also male audience.
Pinners are usually a bit older than users of we hart it for example. Think mother (Pinterest) vs teen (we heart it). Pinterest is perfectly safe for work most of the time and thus also usable by a more mainstream audience.
The pros and cons of image bookmarking
Some people may criticize that it’s content theft due to copyrighted images being displayed on those sites. Maybe. In many cases I’ve seen images preserved by FFFFOUND! in that the original was offline by the time I found it there. So the public has access to an image archive in its truest sense.
SEO 2.0 is about optimization of all kind of media for universal search, social media and beyond.
Appealing to image bookmarking sites is a must use for all people doing something visual.
Don’t do it like “fun bloggers” aka the real content thieves or self promoting graphic designers who exploit these services. SEO 2.0 is based on legitimate usage of social media.
Success in image search
My SEO 2.0 blog was hugely successful on Google Image search. I got more visitors via my image searches than via text based search for many years.
Of course more people are interested in visual content than a niche topic which is also limited to written language, even English.
Indeed I was so popular on Google Image search that I considered partnering with artists, photographers and graphic designers to provide illustrations in exchange for lots of publicity. Want to get found with your images? Let me use them on the SEO 2.0 blog. I already got some custom illustrations that way.
Last updated: April 14th, 2015.