Fotolia – Social Software Concepts utilized for Digital Photography Pricing and Sales

Social Software as a Stock Photography Sales Gimmick?

Fotoliaartistprofile Fotolia: social marketplace for royalty free stock images.
Posted Nov 11, 2005, 10:43 AM ET by Andrew Barrow

Fotolia was launched yesterday as the first Social Marketplace for Digital Images.

Already the numbers look impressive

135238 Images
10754 Members
1057 Free images
1754  Photos in queue
1 credit  £0.57

From viewing the site however the "social marketplace" reference refers to: 

Collaborative features of the website include, photographer and designer forums, image feedback from peers, the ability to add descriptive tags to every image, and a photography and design news web blog.