Key points:

  • Cara’s Rapid Growth: The app gained 600,000 users in a week

  • Artists Leaving Instagram: The controversy around Instagram using images to train AI led many artists to seek an alternative

  • Cara’s Features: The app is designed specifically for artists and offers a ‘Portfolio’ feature. Users can tag fields, mediums, project types, categories, and software used to create their work

  • While Cara has grown quickly, it is still tiny compared to Instagram’s massive user base of two billion.

  • Glaze Integration: Cara is working on integrating Glaze directly in the app to provide users with an easy way to protect their work from be used by any AI

more about: https://blog.cara.app/blog/cara-glaze-about

  • @BroBot9000
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    Join Pixelfed instead!

    Cara is just another fucking centralized social media that’s gonna get run to the ground the moment they can monetize their user base.

    • @[email protected]
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      906 days ago

      Artists are mostly not going to figure out the fediverse. There really needs to be some kind of way of accessing it that is more layman friendly if we ever want it to be adopted by non-nerds

      • Zos_Kia
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        756 days ago

        Artists are perfectly able to use the fediverse, that is not what is stopping them.

        They don’t come because they need to be where their fans are. That is why Cara will only be a splash: their niche is artists who place more value on the anti-AI slant than on meeting their audience where it lives. By definition that is not conducive to a lot of organic growth.

        • @QuarterSwede
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          56 days ago

          I didn’t even know what it was till yesterday. Not sure it’s the bastion of the public.

        • @lanolinoil
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          56 days ago

          …and for that reason, I’m out

      • @BroBot9000
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        326 days ago

        It’s really not that complicated and with shit like Threads, companies are introducing the concept to the masses while the enshittification of Instagram and the like will force people to look for alternatives.

        We need to welcome people with open arms and not push them away the moment someone has a question about how federation works.

        • lemmyvore
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          196 days ago

          Threads is only federated in name. It’s simply Meta’s taking advantage of Twitter’s downfall. It’s as centralized and under Meta’s thumb as they come.

          • @BroBot9000
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            116 days ago

            Still introduces the concept and will make people aware of other instances.

            Definitely avoid it but it’s still publicly for federation.

          • @[email protected]
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            86 days ago

            Yep. I bet good money federation remains unidirectional and opt-in. All to pretend to comply with DMA, just like they are with WhatsApp.

          • @[email protected]
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            Threads is federated though. You can follow Threads accounts on Mastodon. It’s still a work in progress though, and not everything is implemented yet.

      • @[email protected]
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        Idk I hear misskey (activitypub micro blogging software, compatible but distinct from mastodon) is really big in Japan, used by lots of artists. lots of Japanese users on bluesky as well

        • @[email protected]
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          156 days ago

          Nah. But anything more complicated than a MacBook scares most people away. Most people aren’t down with anything that isn’t a turnkey experience

          • @Bahalex
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            05 days ago

            Most of these artists use fairly complicated, or difficult to master, software to create and/or edit their art.

            Signing up for and uploading images to a website isn’t really complicated.

            • @[email protected]
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              216 days ago

              If only there were a filter to filter out gatekeepers like you . You do know your sabotaging your favorite platforms by being like this right ?

      • @PopOfAfrica
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        96 days ago

        The artist and nerd Venn diagram is practically a circle around my parts.

      • @Gigasser
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        Might help to make tutorial vids for fediverse stuff.

    • @small44
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      176 days ago

      Cara is popular because of it’s anti ai stance. They have a detector to not allow ai images to be on the platform. Pixelfed allows it and also lack active users that are not artists.

      • @BroBot9000
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        186 days ago

        For now.

        Ai support or not it will still be aggressively monetized the moment enough users are locked in.

        Fomo is a hell of a drug eh.

    • @[email protected]
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      If Pixelfed actually siloed itself into its own network it would make a lot of sense. As is, it’s chock full of pictures and text from Mastodon and other federated platforms that are not remotely artistic in nature.

      The whole idea of IG, in it’s infancy, before being taken blatantly and completely off the rails by Meta, was to have photographers and artists and beautiful content.

      On top of that, it’s just a copy-paste of IG, including all the dumb shit.

      And on top of all of that, it lacks any of the copyright and AI protections that Cara is squarely aimed at.

    • elgordino
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      If they keep burning $100k/w on their Vercel bill they might not be around that long anyway!

    • JustEnoughDucks
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      35 days ago

      I tried but there is no app for it.

      Fdroid has pixeldroid which is apparently incompatible with my android 12 phone?

      The pixelfed app isn’t downloadable on Fdroid and is only available for “pre-download” on the play store.

      I couldn’t find out how to access pixelfed through a mastodon app.

      If it isn’t easily accessible through mobile, it simply won’t be picked up.

    • @[email protected]
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      06 days ago

      The main problem with all the alternatives is for me (as a hobby photographer) the lack of models on these platforms. When looking for models, I find them on Instagram and no other platform. As with WhatsApp the majority of “normal” people have decided to use that, so if I’m telling them to contact me on Signal, they shy away from that (and stillI I refuse to use it as much as possible).

      So looking at Signal, it’s free and very, very close to WhatsApp and yet still people don’t want to use that. Getting them to use pixel fed would be much, much harder.

  • @[email protected]
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    1336 days ago

    Yet another centralised social network. That pinky-promises they’ll never go bad.

    Join now! Bring your friends! No ads! Everything’s free! We’re indie!..

    Moments later… enshitification ensues.

    • Sabata
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      546 days ago

      Solves the problem for a few years until Meta buys their users and data back.

      • @[email protected]
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        176 days ago

        Assuming they don’t own them already as a sort of pressure valve. Yeah I’m getting that cynical.

    • @General_Effort
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      166 days ago

      Does it seem odd… This is a crowd that is all about “hands off muh property”. And yet they see nothing suspicious about someone giving them a free service.

    • @[email protected]
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      25 days ago

      Yep, this is just instagram again with a little anti ai image filter on top. And a portfolio, not a photo album !

      If it’s not as interoperable as email, it belongs in the trash

  • @[email protected]
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    185 days ago

    This will be the headline a month later:

    Cara’s monthly active users down to a few thousands. Here’s why.

  • Rolling Resistance
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    215 days ago

    Cara has no passwords: you log in via Google or Apple

    uhuh, no thanks

  • @samus12345
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    536 days ago

    I knew that C looked familiar!

    • @johannesvanderwhales
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      106 days ago

      They actually seem quite a bit different. The one for Cara isn’t perfectly round and seems to suggest a person in the middle.

      • @samus12345
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        46 days ago

        Yeah, they’re different, but “white circular C on a black background” just made me think of the CN one.

  • @Grimy
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    696 days ago

    According to their terms and service, everything uploaded to their website is then owned by them. Doesn’t seem very artist friendly to me.

    • Bob1971
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      Ok, the lady behind Cara just WON a f-ing copywrite lawsuit against some dick that stole her artwork. I’m 100% sure the wording is so if you *think* about stealing from Cara, she will come after your ass with both guns blazing.

      • @Grimy
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        Regardless, their terms of service let’s Cara not only sell prints and your artwork to third parties but also let’s them sell your artwork for AI training if they wanted to.

        Instagram for all it’s fault specifically says that they don’t own your artwork and only get a license to show it.

        I don’t really care what she won, people tend to cave really fast if given proper financial incentive.

        • OsaErisXero
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          No, it doesn’t. It states that the copyrighted works are the property of Cara and/or the artist who created the Works, except where otherwise noted. This specifically would cover cases where someone attempts to claim that a Work they found on Cara isn’t copyrighted because a copyright notice wasn’t explicitly stated, and doesn’t make explicit claims over the ownership of any arbitrary Work. For it to work in the way you’re claiming, the “or” cannot be present as it being there implies the existence of Works on the site which Cara does not have property rights to. Who actually possesses the property rights to any given Work is left, apparently intentionally, ambiguous.

          • @General_Effort
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            cases where someone attempts to claim that a Work they found on Cara isn’t copyrighted because a copyright notice wasn’t explicitly stated

            In what country is that a thing?

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              None that I’m aware of, but for a copyright to be asserted in the US a human must be associated with it as a consequence of the monkey selfie case. My reading is that this would cover the edge case of an anonymous, unknown poster submitting the work, allowing Cara to act as the default rights holder unless otherwise asserted by a person or user.

              • @Cringe2793
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                Why are you twisting it to make it seem like Cara is doing a good thing? What’s your motive? What is the difference between Cara owning it by default and the uploader owning it by default? Why can’t it just be the owners property?

                • Saik0
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                  Because “anonymous” isn’t necessarily a person who can answer for copyright. They literally gave you a use case where it could help in the content you’re arguing against…

              • @General_Effort
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                It doesn’t work like that. The monkey selfie case did not set any kind of precedence. Animals cannot own property, including copyrights.

                For a work to be under copyright in the US, it has to be an “original work of authorship” and contain “a modicum of creativity”. Some countries allow broader copyrights. Photographs that are accidentally triggered are public domain. CCTV footage is a gray area. Setting up a camera and luring animals into triggering it, might produce copyrighted images. A court would have to decide if the individual circumstances constitute authorship and a modicum of creativity. An animal snagging a camera and triggering it certainly doesn’t. The monkey selfie case did nothing to advance the law.

                A public domain image is just that. Attempting to assert ownership over one is either an error or fraud. I don’t know what the US rules are when a rights-owner can’t be found. I doubt that you can just become the default owner of some property just by writing something on a website.

                • Saik0
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                  The monkey selfie case did not set any kind of precedence.

                  literally next sentence.

                  Animals cannot own property, including copyrights.

                  This sounds like a precedent…

      • @Grimy
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        ???

        The clause is literally a comment or so down and available on their website.

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      • @[email protected]
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        the property of Cara and/or the individual artist

        This seems worded to muddy the waters about who actually has the copyright.

        • @[email protected]
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          Monetization plan might be to sell prints of platformed artists work, with out any need for pesky royalties.

      • @Grimy
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        Why did you specifically not put in bold this part and are the property of Cara. Clearly you saw it off you took the time to avoid putting stars around it.

  • @yamanii
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    This is why twitter will never die.

  • @PopOfAfrica
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    So what happend when this app needs to pay server costs for 600,000 people?

      • @UnderpantsWeevil
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        Re: the hosting company

        Your account does not appear to have spend management enabled, which would allow you to pause your project entirely if you hit a certain level of spend.

        So, this is something of a devil’s bargain. Either shut down your website just as it’s catching fire and gaining traction. Or get billed a year’s server budget in a matter of days because of exploding costs.

        In a saner world, this might be used as an argument for treating the Internet as a public utility and not a for-profit rent. Perhaps more companies could grow and sustain large pools of customers if they weren’t kneecapped by their own momentum.

        Instead, I’m sure we’re going to see more exotic insurance and finance services designed to siphon money out of websites as a hedge against unexpected growth.

      • @[email protected]
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        126 days ago

        Do you mind telling what this says ? it seems Firefox doesn’t load twitter anymore. Or maybe you need an account ? I’m not sure, but it says “error”

        • @Dicska
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          106 days ago

          “Jingna Zhang @ cara.app/zemotion @zemotion So freaking speechless right now. Seen many @vercel functions stories but first time experiencing such discrepancy vs request logs like, this is cannot be real??”

          • @[email protected]
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            I’ve heard from many ppl that vercel is pretty nasty that way, and to only use them for learning and toy projects.

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          Twitter no longer loads newer tweets if you’re logged out. Instead of showing a proper message, it either fails to load or redirects to the login page. They did that to prevent scraping.

  • @gedaliyah
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    Pixelfed looks like they are doing a huge push to get up to speed. It has been an immature app/platform for a long time and slow to get the features that people need from a photo sharing social media.

    According to their mastodon, they are working for better AI management features, and launching an app that will make it a genuinely positive experience.

    • @HootinNHollerin
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      The official app is available in beta. I’m very impressed w it

    • @[email protected]
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      I really want Pixelfed to take off and this really could have been a moment, but after using it for more than a year now, I just can’t see it. Development is very slow - it feels like a one-man show (it might not be). We do need an alternative to Instagram, but yeah…

  • VodkaSolution
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    135 days ago

    I’m no federated-nazi and I welcome projects like Cara, but at the beginning there are always lots of subscriptions

    • @CeeBee
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      Pixelfed is the alternative we want

    • @gedaliyah
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      the crowdfunding/patronage of this platform only helps them build their proprietary empire. It’s like giving money to your neighbor who wants to build a swimming pool on their property because they promise you’ll be able to swim in it.

  • @JeeBaiChow
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    …until they decide to sell their company. Or their user data. Or the shareholders say so. Or…

  • @TheFeatureCreature
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    I’ll be watching this curiously from a safe distance for now. I am interested in a new platform without AI, but this stinks of early-stage enshitification.

      • @afraid_of_zombies
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        🤷 all we have to do is keep moving faster than our waste stream.

        Platform has cool ideas, gets users, gets greedy, gets infected with bots and scammers, users leave for new platform with cool ideas…

        Accept the idea that you are not going to have a thirty year old Yahoo Answers account and even if you did you won’t be using it, and make peace with it.

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          This exactly. And also the more splintered similar user bases are, the better

          More competition, less easy to enshittify a “captured” user base