Cool Toys Pic of the day – opened up from beta today, so folks can try it now. Of course,
I had to run over and test it out. is an alternative to TwitPic and YFrog. Their main marketing
angle has been intellectual property and marketing.

Here is the comparison.
“The Member remains owner of their Document at all times.”
“Any member may close their account and delete their Documents by
using the DELETE MY ACCOUNT function.”
“In cases where the Member would like to monetise their Document, they
can use the SCOOP! function. This will transfer a copy of the Document
towards the Partner site, where the Document is
automatically submitted according the the Terms and Conditions of
“ is a hosting service, and therefore does not acquire any
rights to the uploaded Documents. Specifically, all Documents uploaded
to remain copyright their respective owners.”

“The content that you distribute through the ImageShack Network is
owned by you, and you give ImageShack permission to display and
distribute said content exclusively on the ImageShack Network.”
“You may revoke this permission at any time by requesting your content
to be removed. Such requests will be processed within a maximum period
of 24 hours (but usually as short as one hour). You may request
deletion and/or mark your content private through our sites’ user
interfaces, or by contacting ImageShack directly. After your request
is processed, ImageShack will cease distribution of your content
within a maximum period of 24 hours (but usually as short as one hour)
and will absolve itself of any ownership of said content, implied or

Ownership and account deletion sound pretty similar for &
YFrog, but does offer the option to make money from your pics.
I wish that these services allowed the users to set a Creative Commons
license preference for their accounts, but for as far as it goes, it’s
ok. TwitPic, wow, they need to take a look at their license.

“All content uploaded to Twitpic is copyright the respective owners.
The owners retain full rights to distribute their own work without
prior consent from Twitpic.”
“However, by submitting Content to Twitpic, you hereby grant Twitpic a
worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable and
transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative
works of, display, and perform the Content in connection with the
Service and Twitpic’s (and its successors’ and affiliates’) business,
including without limitation for promoting and redistributing part or
all of the Service (and derivative works thereof) in any media formats
and through any media channels.
You also hereby grant each user of the Service a non-exclusive license
to access your Content through the Service, and to use, reproduce,
distribute, display and perform such Content as permitted through the
functionality of the Service and under these Terms of Service. The
above licenses granted by you in media Content you submit to the
Service terminate within a commercially reasonable time after you
remove or delete your media from the Service provided that any
sub-license by Twitpic to use, reproduce or distribute the Content
prior to such termination may be perpetual and irrevocable.
You understand and agree, however, that Twitpic may retain, but not
display, distribute, or perform, server copies of your media that have
been removed or deleted.”

Impressive, isn’t it?

Now the one thing I didn’t like about was that it says it needs
permission to access my private messages on Twitter. Uh, why?


2 thoughts on “Cool Toys Pic of the day –

  1. Hi Patricia. I’m the Editor-in-Chief of Citizenside and overseeing the launch. Thanks for pointing out the private message thing – that was not intentional! doesn’t need to see your private messages. We’ve fixed the oversight now. Hope you enjoy using the service!

  2. Hurray! Very cool. That was the only potential problem I could find, so I can’t think of any reason NOT to use šŸ™‚

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