Now that Instagram is even officially not a photo-sharing platform anymore, you may be searching for the best alternative. Well, 100ASA wants to be your platform of choice. It’s a new photo-sharing platform that aims to beat Instagram. And from what I’ve seen so far, it blends some features from it with those of 1x, so let’s check out what it has to offer.
100ASA has the community part of Instagram, but the quality part of 1x, or at least that’s how I’d describe it. The main goal of the platform is to “create a community of photographers curated by photographers.” You get to curate other people’s work, and also every comment that you give or receive contributes to the overall ranking.
The platform is designed to encourage interaction. Every time you post a comment, you earn Tokens, the 100ASA virtual currency. And these tokens are what allows you to upload photos. Speaking of upload: the platform supports jpg or png formats with resolutions up to 200MP or a file size of 25MB.
After you’ve uploaded photos, they await attention in the curation area of the website for up to seven days. After this period, your photos will be directed to one of 100ASA’s galleries based on the rating and commenting of other users. Depending on the popularity, your photos will be published in one of 100ASA’s galleries to get higher exposure. If you keep getting feedback, your images will be promoted to higher-ranked galleries. There’s also an Elite gallery on 100ASA. It contains photos from the Prime gallery hand-picked by the 100ASA’s team.
The founder of 100ASA and Enterprise Solution Architect, Massimiliano Peluso, said:
“100ASA is going to compete with Instagram because this social media platform has lost its identity. Instagram started as a photo-sharing platform, and it’s now much more about advertising. You can upload anything on Instagram. On the other hand, 100ASA is 100% for those with a strong passion for photography. And we only publish images approved by our curation process.’ 100ASA’s approach is designed to curate quality over quantity. Peluso continues, ‘On 100ASA, only the best images are included in our galleries. 100ASA comes as an alternative for photographers at any stage of their careers to promote their work. And the public is sure to be seeing only high-quality images.”
100ASA is free to join and use and you get unlimited photo uploads. However, you can upgrade to Pro for $5,15 or Pro Plus for $6,69 and get some additional perks. You’ll find more information about plans here.
“As photographers, we wished to find a safe and enjoyable online service to share our images. But we couldn’t find one, no matter how hard we tried,” the founders write. Well, I can’t argue with this: A lot has changed about photography platforms since I first started publishing my photos in 2009 on Flickr. Needless to say, the changes haven’t been for the better.
Flickr had its ups and downs, as everyone who’s been there long enough knows. The force of habit is strong with me, so I still haven’t left it, even though I’m much less active there nowadays. As for Instagram, I won’t comment on it much. It’s become everything but a photo-sharing platform. I’ve never liked 500px much, but it has become worse and worse over the years so I deleted my account ages ago.
The platforms other than Flickr I joined later and liked a lot were EyeEm and 1x. However, I deleted the account on EyeEm after the Samsung scandal (and I never learned if they actually bought the photo). I still use 1x, but it’s changed so much that I find it hard to find my way around it.
Finally, I might try 100ASA. I’m always curious to discover new apps, gadgets, and platforms, and I might finally get lucky and find the photo-sharing platform that meets all my expectations. Here are the frequently asked questions and more about 100ASA. Would you consider joining? Let me know.