Hello there. I joined too 500px dot com a couple of months ago. I found it better than flickr which became a crappy website with all these silly group graphics “congratulating” you about your photo.
Well on 500px I thought it was gonna be fun but instead it became frustrating. Once you start liking pictures and you are new you will start getting followers. I emailed them lots of times asking how can I remove all these crappy followers and what’s going on and their response was “your profile is suggested to new users”, !shit!! really?!!! me!???…wow!!! Many of these spammers did not upload a single photo until now. So, moving on I was wondering how do I get my pictures liked and faved. I read a few things on the internet regarding liking and favouring others images so I gave it a shot.
I was uploading 1 image every day and then I was starting the liking and favouring process (personally I was doing it selectively and only on specific themes) and it worked. I was getting more followers more likes and more faves. Before you understand it you have already spent a few hours in front of a computer doing this. !Shit! Then I realised that the time of upload really does matter. So I run a few tests and I found out that if I upload my images around morning Eastern Time I will get more likes and faves!!! Indeed!!!! I had images go to Popular at around 92-93% within 30 minutes!!! After I did this a few times it really became frustrating and silly and unfair… My time zone has a 7 hour difference from Eastern time so I had to schedule my process (Upload an image and start liking, favouring, and commenting for an hour or two) around that time. That’s time consuming! I know photographers spend a lot of time socialising but this is not socialising by any means.
Pulse Rating: Due to the time I was spending online I was examining the way pulse works (yeah!!! way too much free time!!). So I came up with some conclusions which I posted on this public support page they have http://support.500px.com/customer/portal/questions/8136438
You can see my questions and their answers. I didn’t expect to get more than that but still I wanted to say something. So I came to the decision to delete my profile (actually I did a couple of minutes ago). For those who want to connect with 500px please note the following:
1. Street photography has no place there!
2. Documentary photography is “banned”!
3. “Artistic” and ARTISTIC nude are two different terms that you will figure out on 500px.
4. Post sunsets, water, birds, flowers and cats. Dogs are not so popular.
5. Like, Face, and comment if you want to have your picture popular.
6. Use photoshop and any other freaking tool to edit your photo before upload. (The same like international photography salons)
7. Good luck 🙂