It’s been seven months since we launched PhotoDune out of private beta, and I’m excited to wake up today to see we have just passed a million photos on PhotoDune!
When we set out to create PhotoDune, our intention was always to build a viable option for purchasing photos for our existing buying community. A big part of that goal is having enough depth for buyers to find what they need. While there’s nothing specifically magic about a million photos, it feels like a solid indicator that our library is getting to a good size.
Sales on the site have grown since I last posted in November, but the growth hasn’t kept pace with the breakneck library expansion. This of course means there’s been some sales dilution. This is a normal part of growing a photo library, and not an unexpected one. From here our next focuses are on image quality, more development of the marketplace featureset and lots of sales growth. I’d also expect a slowdown in library growth rate as we certainly aren’t planning on making a run on any of the big photo libraries for sheer size!
I’d like to thank all the photographers who’ve had the confidence in us to upload over the last seven months. It’s been an enlightening experience building this marketplace, and I’m looking forward this year to applying a lot of our learnings from PhotoDune back on the rest of our network of marketplaces.
Records have been tumbling around here like crazy. We’re close to pushing past 1.5 million members which is pretty amazing since it was only four months ago that we passed a million. Sales growth across our network of marketplaces also continues to climb really, really fast. With PhotoDune having a firm spot in the line-up, it’s a stronger group of marketplaces than ever before!
Thank you again to all our photographers who’ve helped make PhotoDune a success! We’ll be working hard to improve and deliver more and better value back to you in the coming months and years! We really appreciate your faith in us!
phwoar! that’s insane.
Kinda crazy numbers aren’t they! It’s been a real learning curve understanding this sort of volume. One year ago our total items was just under a hundred thousand, so to 10x in one year means all sorts of dev work – something I hope to talk about in an upcoming Notes post on the dev roadmap and projects.
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