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Owner Ipernity Members Association (ima), 94350 Villiers-sur Marne, France
Created by Christophe Ruelle
Commercial No (Not-for-Profit)
Registration W942006250, Nogent-sur-Marne, France
Launched April 2007, April 2013, April 2018

ipernity is an independent, non-commercial photo sharing community with more than 25,000 active registered users worldwide. By means of the Ipernity Members Association (ima), the community operates its own website for the protected private exchange of digital content such as photos, videos, audio files and blogs, as well as for the worldwide publication of selected content. The community's online library contains more than 15 million items.[1] According to the portal trusted.de, ipernity's service is among the seven best photo sharing services. [2]

Within its groups, ipernity promotes the mutual inspiration and cross-border communication supported by a machine-aided translation. Since ipernity's web service is 100% members-owned, it is unaffected by external interests, especially those of investors. It is exclusively geared to the needs of the community. The privacy and contents of users are particularly protected at ipernity. Only those contents that are expressly approved for publication by the users appear in the results of search engines. Private data and content will in no way be analysed, passed on or sold for commercial purposes. The costs of the community and its web service are financed exclusively by membership fees.


Ipernity originated in 2005, when the two French programmers Christophe Ruelle and Christian Conti set about programming a photo sharing platform. A first test version was put into operation in 2006, followed by the public beta version in 2007. In December 2008, ipernity proved to be the best photo sharing platform at the second annual Open Web Awards by Mashable.[3] The name of the website consists of "IP" and "eternity".[4] In order to finance further development, the website was listed on the Paris Stock Exchange in July 2009.[5] This resulted in a relaunch in April 2013, which was largely oriented towards the functions of Flickr at that time and went into competition with them.[6] Shortly thereafter, Flickr changed its layout, which prompted many of its users to move to ipernity.[7] Ipernity also benefited from the demise of the photo sharing service Panoramio between 2014 and 2016.[8][9]

Planned shutdown of the site end of January 2017[edit]

At the end of 2016, the former operating company Ipernity S.A. informed users to have to discontinue the service on January 31, 2017 for economic reasons.[10] Dedicated users then took the initiative to continue the website on their own. They negotiated a moratorium with Ipernity S.A. in order to consider various options for its continued existence.

Ongoing operation of the website by the members[edit]

On January 10, 2017, the idea was born to found a non-profit organization - the Ipernity Members Association (ima) - in order to continue to operate the website on their own initiative.[11] This idea was communicated to users on January 26, 2017. At the same time, a survey was conducted to determine to what extent users would support such an operator model financially.[12] The response was overwhelmingly positive.[13] Within 15 days, 117% of the planned funds ($25,000) that were necessary for the continued operation of the website were collected via crowdfunding.[14]

After the founding of the Ipernity Members Association (ima) on February 20, 2017[15], an asset deal was negotiated with Ipernity S.A. and fixed contractually in May 2017. Since September 1, 2017, the website has been operated independently by the community.[16] The last liabilities from the asset deal were repaid at the end of January 2018. At the same time, an external IT service provider was commissioned to maintain the software and adapt it to new requirements.[17]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "about ipernity". ipernity.com. 2018-03-09. Retrieved 2018-04-10. 
  2. ^ Irini Bafas. "Foto Sharing Dienste im Vergleich". Trusted (in German). Retrieved 2018-04-17. 
  3. ^ "The Winners". Mashable. November 2010. 
  4. ^ "ipernity auf Deutsch" (in Deutsch). firmenpresse.de. 2007-10-16. Retrieved 2018-04-19. 
  5. ^ "EURONEXT IPO Ipernity". 2009-07-20. Retrieved 2018-04-10. 
  6. ^ "Discover the new ipernity!". ipernity.com. 2013-04-09. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 
  7. ^ "Welcome, Flickr friends!". ipernity.com. 2013-05-23. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 
  8. ^ Stephen Shankland (2016-10-07). "Google's Panoramio photo-sharing service bids farewell". CNET. Retrieved 2017-11-13. 
  9. ^ http://www.panoramio.com/maps-faq
  10. ^ "Still having congestion problems today". ipernity.com. 2013-05-26. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 
  11. ^ "2017, NEW PERSPECTIVES ..." (in English and French). ipernity.com. 2017-01-10. Retrieved 2017-09-12. 
  12. ^ "An association proposes to save ipernity ..." (in English and French). ipernity. 2017-01-26. Retrieved 2017-09-12. 
  13. ^ "Survey results" (in English and French). ipernity. 2017-02-20. Retrieved 2017-09-12. 
  14. ^ "Community Fundraising by Ipernity-Members-Association". generosity.com. 2018-04-11. 
  15. ^ Direction de l'information légale et administrative (2017-02-20). "Association des Membres d'Ipernity / Creation". Retrieved 2018-04-11. 
  16. ^ "~IMA Announcement/Annonce/Ankündigung~ 01 September 2017" (in English, French, and German). ipernity.com. 2017-09-01. Retrieved 2017-09-12. 
  17. ^ "Qwellcode GmbH" (in Englisch and German). Qwellcode. Retrieved 2018-04-10.