Three weeks ago, we brought our readers a news article related to crowdfunding efforts for the creation of Pressgram, an image sharing app development project being headed up by entrepreneur John Saddington of Atlanta, Georgia.
The software would revolve around retaining privacy for images that individuals upload to photographic sharing sites such as Instagram. Currently, when you upload a picture to the popular website, you relinquish full rights to your content; regardless of the fact that users often take the photographs themselves. What this means is that Instagram can sell your photos and retain other rights related to copyright. The Pressgram application is aimed at returning full creative control to its users while including filter features along with a tool the enables publishers to choose where and how to host images.
Project Crowdfunding Status
There are only four days remaining for backers to submit pledges via the official KickStarter post and contribute to the Pressgram project. With approximately 100 hours to go, John has received $43,356 in pledges from 374 backers; just $6,644 shy of the $50,000 needed to move forward with Pressgram and fund its development.
Saddington has released a new 0:45 video at the top of the KickStarter page that outlines the reasons why users could find the new software very attractive and practical. Aside from that, he explains that “you now get more creative control over your content than ever before. You won’t have to ‘license’ your photos from the app or the company – they are yours forever and you’ll never see them anywhere else except your own profile and blog. This is a boon for the artist, the creative, the independent content creator who doesn’t need to worry about digital agreements or where they may end up seeing their own handiwork. It’s yours, for goodness sake. No worries here. You see, we believe that true creative control is not just about act and process of creating but also publication, especially in today’s digital economy.”
Generally speaking, Pressgram will let you choose where, when and how to publish your photos, provide filters for photographic enhancements, and allow you to post them to your WordPress blog instantly. As of April 10th, two backers have pledged $7,000 or more to the development of Pressgram, while another 13 have promised at least $250.
The former Facebook user stated on the KickStarter page that with Pressgram, “you get to publish your images directly to your WordPress-powered blog when you want. This means that when you share them through your favorite social network it’ll send your network and your friends to your own blog instead of yet another landing page where the corporate hounds are monetizing your traffic. Think of all that traffic lost which might have helped you better monetize your blog or build that fledgling startup company that you’re trying so hard to build. This makes complete sense for a strategic online publisher, a business, an editorial/news blog, and others that need more control! Those are your pageviews so you should get to keep them. Besides, that’s one of the rewards for your content creation! No need to give them away to someone else. No need to line the pockets of another’s purse.”
If the project becomes fully funded by the end of the week, a total of $5,000 will be allocated to quality assurance and technical scaling of the application, iterative development and ongoing short-term support with another $5,000 earmarked for strategic development help. Another $3,000 will go towards one year of server and hosting while an additional $6,000 has been designated for a product video, design assistance, and a landing page. The main portion of the funding ($30,000) will go to core development of a functional minimal viable product.
To find out more about how to get involved with the grass-roots Pressgram project, visit the KickStarter crowdfunding page or subscribe to John’s Twitter account. @saddington