Foap is a photo marketplace that lets users purchase images online. Users can begin by searching available photos with the oversized search bar presented at the top of the homepage. A collection of available images appears near the bottom of the homepage. Each is presented as a large thumbnail so the user can get a feel for detail, color scheme and subject matter before choosing one to click on. Users with photos can make some cash on the site as well. Images listed are submitted by users from iPhones. Users can sell individual images an unlimited number of times. The application helps businesses and professionals find a better variety of images that aren’t the same overused pictures found in many stock photo databases.
Foap was founded in November of 2011. The service was intended to give businesses a better selection of images that goes beyond stock photos while providing users with a way to make some cash. The site has a lot of issues at this time. It doesn’t function properly when viewed on Firefox browsers and some pages still have issues when viewed on Internet Explorer browsers. Foap is also restricted to iPhone users only, leaving Android users with no reason to frequent the site.
Foap is a unique photo marketplace because it gives the user the power to make some money just for snapping a picture with their mobile phone. iPhone users can generate income by sharing their best photos with the Foap community. Visitors can browse photos or search by keyword to find ones that match their needs. The user earns income each time their photos are sold.
Foap starts strong provided it is being viewed in Internet Explorer. The design favors a unique teal and black color scheme with no clutter and large image examples. The problem lies in the functionality of the site, or lack of it in some areas. Many pages are missing or broken and certain elements do not work. Users may find that the Market area doesn’t load and the contact page works at times and consists of a collection of PHP error code other times.
New users may be a bit confused as they attempt to sign up for a Foap account. A “Sign Up” link appears in the upper, right hand corner of the homepage but this seems to be misleading. A pop up box appears with an image encouraging the purchase of images. No form, link or further instructions is present and there is nothing to click no. Users can visit the Apple App Store and download the application from there.
Anyone can join Foap for free. There are no subscription fees listed at this time. The site isn’t entirely free for users who wish to purchase images. Anyone buying an image must pay $10. The site lists a fee of $10 for each image, regardless of what the image contains. Users who sell their images receive 50% of the sale, with the other half going to Foap.
Foap has potential for anyone who owns an iPhone and takes photos with it frequently. Users can make some extra cash by photographing unique scenes, locations or subjects and sending them to Foap. Unfortunately the site has a long way to go to work out some issues. There is an email submission form available on the homepage inviting users to sign up to request the creation of an Android version, but at this point the service is only available to iPhone users.