30 Jun 2009 This Month in Microstock – June 2009
iStockphoto saved June from being a slow microstock news month.
iStockphoto changed how the quantity of downloads for both individual images and contributors are displayed on the website. Rather than displaying the exact figure, it now shows an approximated number. While they weren’t specific about the purpose of this move, they indicated it was intended to limit the ability of people and computers to extract and use the information.
The Photos.com and Jupiterimages Unlimited pipe was removed from StockXpert and connected to iStockphoto as announced last month. The partner program was turned on and iStockphoto contributors were given the opportunity to opt in or out.
Towards the end of the month iStockphoto announced the Premium Collection was launching and with the new name: The Vetta Collection. They simultaneously announced the introduction of localized search results and their expectation to hit $200 million in revenue for 2009.
German Telecom entered the microstock market with Polylooks, providing an interesting case study. Deutsche Telekom already have a buyer base and technology resources. If they can make a successful microstock agency out of Polylooks we may see other companies with the same assets enter the business.
More portfolio milestones fell with iStockphoto passing 5 million and both Dreamstime and Fotolia passing 6 million.