Here’s 3 ways people share images currently. At least we think so…
1. Discussion Forums
Using the forum embed codes, as well as using the direct link combined [img] tags, many people still take part in forum discussions all over the world.
Okay, so how does the process look for the Forum Embedders among you?
So it’s kind of a long process – while someone can essentially do it instantly with [img] tags that forums provide, we can’t rely on that for a good experience. This needs to be simpler.
Here is a mockup of something we might try
This way people never have to leave the upload page to get their main links.
2. Social Networks
More people share images on sites like Facebook, Twitter and Reddit now than ever before. We still don’t rival the popularity of imgur, but it’s flattering to see usage grow either way.
These sites handle image links very well now, Facebook and Twitter have excellent OpenGraph abilities which allow us to define a nice preview image and other details (which we are aiming to include soon) like image Titles, Tags and Authors. More on Tags and Titles later on.
So the way to use these sites is easy, the best way for everyone is the “Sharing Link”. This Link is superior in many ways to the Direct Link as it allows us to provide sites with the OpenGraph meta data and when visited it puts the image front-and-centre but also provides context.
Images are resized to fit the page by default, clicking an image makes it fullsize. When images are nicely contained in a page without the need for scrolling it creates a nicer viewing experience.
In the future by emphasising Sharing Links people can take advantage of everything media sites have to offer. We know at the same time that direct links are important for many of you, so they will never be far away.
Most of the time we haven’t got a clue how images are shared. When people use Direct Links we have no good way to detect where an image is used or how often it’s viewed. They’re extremely useful though, they are great for emails, comments online, private chat messaging.
One insight we get is all the messages you lot send us. Every message is read and considered, and it means a lot that you take the time and like the site. Keep on telling us what’s going right/going wrong and we’ll keep on working to make things better.
From a ‘fast upload’ site, to a ‘fast recall’ site.
CubeUpload should be the fastest and simplest way to chuck a few images (usually screenshots, graphics or entertaining GIFs) online and send them to a friend or to the whole world.
When uploading is fast and links are accessible, I’d like to redefine the aim of the site from the ‘fast upload’ site to the ‘fast recall’ site for Registered users – Using more modern approaches Your Image Uploads should be more easily searchable and organised. Tags and Titles will be reintroduced with more meaning. Search via tags, titles, image types and upload dates for example. On Sharing Link pages tags and titles will be used for Twitter and Facebook previews as well as for people to read.
We don’t want to be a social network, we aren’t looking to add comments or ‘sell’ your content by making a gallery area. But by making it an easier tool to use and by giving some control over how your images are presented I think we can make good strides forward.