Twitter’s new changes annoy digital artists everywhere, so what are the alternatives?
It’s becoming increasingly hard for illustrators to showcase their work on social media, and sites like Instagram and Twitter have recently been exacerbating the problem.
Instagram adding the ‘from Facebook’ suffix coincided with a sudden algorithm change over the weekend, with usual viewing and Like numbers halved within the space of a day. Nice one, Insta.
To make things worse is the recent Twitter interface overhaul, which has seen retweeting your work earning you a ‘shadowban’, all in favour of Twitter’s new emphasis on comments as marker of a tweet’s quality.
The site has also started compressing images into lower res form on its timelines, probably as poor Twitter can’t afford to pay for all that storage, right?
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— ?Char @ Pinned Art Raffle!? (@Charburst_) August 5, 2019
— Fire and Wood (@FireandWoodYEG) August 6, 2019
Artists of course tweeted their dissatisfaction overnight, and surprisingly old stalwart DeviantArt got the most mentions as one option to replace Twitter. But of course, like other sites, DeviantArt has its own problems, as Summer Arexu’s tweet below aptly demonstrates.
Artists trying to find another place to go besides DeviantArt like pic.twitter.com/sdMAb7ZEnQ
— ? Summer Arexu ? (@ArexuAlex) August 6, 2019
The art display platform was all the rage back in the 2000s, and still has its fervent admirers. As the tweet above though shows, the major snag with DeviantArt is it eventually become overrun by fetish art of cartoon characters in compromising situations, and the kind of amateur doodles that give digital arts a bad name.
That’s not mentioning the fact it didn’t offer a fair range of talents for people to discover on its front page, whilst views per artwork were on average pretty low. In other words, it became the visual equivalent of starting a Medium blog, with greater privileges only available if you coughed up the cash.
DeviantArt clearly isn’t the best portfolio solution out there, so where should illustrators be sharing their work for the world to see in 2019? Tumblr’s a bad move since it began censoring anything and everything as Adult Content, and Facebook is also on its way out.
The wildly popular Behance is the obvious answer, a site which managed to get young artist Min Ryu a major billboard gig. Then there’s the likes of Dribble, Art Station and Mastodon (a social option which is currently invitation only, alas).
With the complaints about the twitter problems that ruin artists’ post, maybe you can check out https://t.co/4KK8Bq32Ab. It’s like a functional twitter for artists.
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— c2oh/Semi || Commissions Open (@tc2oh) August 5, 2019
The irony is, Digital Arts had noticed that illustrators fed up with Instagram were beginning to post more on Twitter recently, but, as usual, the big blue bird shot itself in the foot and decided to concentrate on idiots from across the political spectrum looking for something to be smug about.
Then there are the middle-class posers who hijack the site to drone on about Sunday morning cooking and politics shows every single week, usually to get a certain surname trending by lunchtime for nefarious reasons.