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On-line April 2007

ipernity is a non-commercial photo-sharing community that is financed exclusively from membership fees without the intention of making a profit. On the community website, members and registered guest users can share digital content such as images, videos or blogs on a long-term basis, make them publicly accessible and add keywords and other metadata .

The website competes directly with Flickr and is therefore often compared with it. However, it differs from it with a slightly larger range of functions.


The two French programmers Christophe Ruelle and Christian Conti started working on the platform in 2005. In May 2006 the first alpha version went online on a trial basis, and in April 2007 the public beta phase began. The public API has been available since October 10, 2008. ipernity held up in December 2008 at the Second Annual Open Web Awards by Mashable as the best photo sharing platform. The name of the website is made up of "IP" and "eternity". On July 20, 2009, company shares worth one million euros were sold to 128 private investors on the Paris Stock Exchange . The beta phase of ipernity was ended on April 9, 2013 with the relaunch of a new website, whereupon the layout was largely similar to that of Flickr at the time. Shortly afterwards, in May 2013, Flickr changed its layout, which led to another wave of flight from many Flickr users to ipernity. The reason for this was that these users wanted to keep the familiar, previous Flickr layout that they now found at ipernity.

Planned shutdown of the website at the end of January 2017

After financial difficulties had already been reported at the beginning of 2016, ipernity informed users on December 1, 2016 that they wanted to shut down the website on January 31, 2017. As a result, numerous possible solutions were discussed by the users. Due to the high level of user engagement, the owner extended the website's continued operation beyond the announced shutdown date in order to enable various options for its continued existence to be examined.

Members' initiative to continue operating the website

On January 10, 2017, the idea was born that a non-profit organization, the Ipernity Members Association (IMA) , could continue to operate the platform. This idea was communicated to users on January 26th. At the same time, a survey was carried out asking users whether they would remain in the changed conditions and support such a model financially. The response has been overwhelmingly positive and a crowdfunding campaign has been launched to collect operating expenses for the first year under the IMA. Within 15 days, 117% of the planned funds ($ 25,000) needed to keep Ipernity running were donated. The Ipernity Members Association (IMA) was officially registered as an association on March 11, 2017.

Continued operation by the user

Afterwards, the Ipernity Members Association (IMA) negotiated an asset deal with the previous site owner . Since September 1, 2017, the website has been operated independently by the community.


As a high-performance application in the desktop area, Ipernity focuses on photographers, enthusiasts, artists, writers and semi-professional users. The community enables the exchange of photos, videos, audio files and blogs (including photos and other media files), as well as the associated communication and global online publishing. Ipernity is a worldwide community due to the multitude of languages ​​in which the site is operated and a built-in translation function. The users often communicate with one another in order to inspire one another. A mobile version of the site is also available with a limited range of functions.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. About ipernity! ipernity, March 9, 2018, accessed on August 2, 2018 (German).
  2. Sascha Steinhoff, Thomas Hoffmann: Save and present photos in the cloud. In: c't digital photography 04/2013, pages 155–157. Heise-Zeitschriften Verlag, August 9, 2013, accessed on January 14, 2019 (German).
  3. Christina Margrit Siever: Social Sharing. In: Multimodale Kommunikation im Web, Chapter 4. Verlag Peter Lang, 2015, accessed on January 5, 2019 .
  4. Sandra MacPherson: Alternatives to Flickr - the top 5. In: CHIP. Retrieved December 28, 2018 .
  5. Orli Yakuel: Flickr clone (?) With some Stronger Features! April 26, 2007, accessed September 6, 2018 .
  6. Fred Wenzel: Ipernity yea, Flickr nay? In: fredericiana. Fred Wenzel, July 1, 2007, accessed January 12, 2019 .
  7. Eric Reagan: 7 Alternatives to Flickr. In: Photography Bay. December 3, 2007, accessed November 22, 2010 .
  8. Ipernity Launches Blog Site with Cool Media Upload Tools. mashable.com, April 29, 2007, accessed September 5, 2018 .
  9. Ipernity, le site pour partager sa vie en photos et en vidéos. 01net.com, May 28, 2007, accessed January 8, 2019 (French).
  10. PETE CASHMORE: People's Choice Winners. In: The 2nd Annual Open Web Awards. Mashable, December 2008, accessed January 12, 2019 .
  11. ipernity in German. firmenpresse.de, October 16, 2007, accessed on April 19, 2018 (German).
  12. ipernity: capital increase by 1 million [Eur] and launch on Euronext Paris. Wallstreet online, October 1, 2009, accessed September 5, 2018 .
  13. Discover the new ipernity! ipernity, April 9, 2013, accessed on January 26, 2014 (German).
  14. Welcome, Flickr friends! ipernity, May 23, 2013, accessed January 26, 2014 .
  15. Jason Scott: The Ipernity Inferno. The Internet Archive, September 7, 2017, accessed January 12, 2019 .
  16. 2017, NEW PERSPECTIVES ... ipernity, January 10, 2017, accessed on September 12, 2017 (English, French).
  17. An association proposes to save ipernity ... ipernity, January 26, 2017, accessed on September 12, 2017 (English, French).
  18. Survey results. ipernity members association, February 20, 2017, accessed on January 9, 2019 (German).
  19. Community Fundraising by Ipernity-Members Association. (No longer available online.) Generosity.com, March 30, 2017, archived from the original on April 12, 2018 ; accessed on June 7, 2019 (German).
  20. Sous-préfecture de Nogent-sur-Marne: Declaration à la sous-préfecture de Nogent-sur-Marne. Direction de l'information légale et administrative, March 11, 2017, accessed on January 12, 2019 (French).
  21. ima.team: Ipernity saved by users. In: Ipernity Blog. September 1, 2017, accessed on July 7, 2020 (eng).