It is now very clear that the year 2010 is the year of the Social. The web becomes more and more interconnected and we see Social leaders, such as Facebook, Twitter and Google searching for the next best implementation of that. And it appears that the winning horse is now known — it's Facebook.
Facebook recently launched a global "Like" button
, which will redefine web and the social. To start of, we'll be introducing this button too — as it makes very easy for people to share content with friends — even easier that those 1-click buttons we had before.
We expect that other players will add similar features — "auto-tweets" from Twitter and "auto-buzz" from Google Buzz to name a few.
What will that mean for the consumer?
Simply put, better web. I believe that best photos will be picked, and more people will try to make better pictures, to be more liked. And the better the pictures are — the greater exposure you will get. In our case, getting a few "Likes" might mean thousands of impressions, which, along with other photos from your portfolio, and your profile at hand, can be a deal-maker for a photographer.
We will gradually introduce those amazing technologies as they become available, and we will make sure that they are not disrupting or intruding in your leisurely process of flipping through photos at 500px. It's all for the better web. And for the better you.