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Published in Maps, Photography, Technology  |  3 Comments

I’ve never heard of smugMug before, or if I have it was in a caffeine-induced frenzy of web-browsing. I probably said, “Oh, neat, another photo-sharing site” and moved on. However, based on the recent fracas regarding Flickr requiring Yahoo! accounts and the possible integration of Yahoo-nes to the otherwise clean & functional flickr interface, smugMug looks like a nice option.

However, I recently came across their GoogleMaps integration, smugMaps. It’s very much like geobloggers, except geobloggers seems to have gone off the deep-end on functionality, widgets, and whatnot. They even describe (though with much detail left out), how to mix-up your own geo-tagged smugMug images.

Reading the “about us” page on smugMug makes me think the site should be called “smugInternetBarons”, but I digress. Their self-touted wealth may prevent them from ‘cashing in’ later to some company like Yahoo! (or MSN) and instead just continue as an independent, fun photo-sharing service.

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  1. wbc5 says:

    August 30th, 2005 at 10:15 pm (#)

    What’s interesting at smugmug is the ability (at the pro/$99 level) to order photos in a variety of formats. As the photographer, you can set the markup on the photos, and pocket a goodly portion of it.

    Not that i’m looking to offset college costs or anything.

    They are certainly popular with the ‘Petnax’ folks over at dpreview.

  2. Andrew says:

    August 31st, 2005 at 6:51 am (#)

    In general smugMugs seems to be a little sleeker due to the fact that all members must be paying members. It is a low entry fee, but restricts usage to people who are more invested in making it a community.

    And those ‘Petnax’ folks are a crazy bunch!

  3. Eduardo Manchón says:

    October 26th, 2005 at 6:17 pm (#)

    If you like Smugmug Maps you may like the project we just launched: