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URL http://www.ipernity.com/
Commercial? yes
Type of site Sharing, Social networking
Available language(s) Catalan, Chinese, Dutch, English, Esperanto, French, Galician, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
Owner ipernity
Created by Christophe Ruelle
Launched April 2007
Current status Active

ipernity is a website offering free services of multimedia sharing and social networking. It also has services for which you must pay, i.e., their service Pro.

The site is designed for both authors/artists and families/friends, and allows publishing and sharing in the same space of various types of digital content such as: blogs, photos, videos and audio files.

ipernity is often compared to another photo sharing website - Flickr, but with more features. [1][2][3]

ipernity won the 2nd Open Web Awards in Photo Sharing category in December 2008.



ipernity is a project established in 2005 by two French programmers:

  • Christophe Ruelle, co-founder of Voila (a search engine bought by France Telecom in 1998) and eStat (a site-centric traffic measurement system)
  • Christian Conti, co-founder of Respublica (a French-speaking online community, bought by Libertysurf/Tiscali in 2000)

The project has been created with the help of information technology to allow anyone to maintain their digital life permanently in one place.

ipernity was developed in Sophia Antipolis and required 2 years of programming and testing. On May 2006, an alpha version of the site went online. ipernity was updated to a beta release in April 2007.


ipernity is designed for:

  • authors/artists wanting to promote their digital work to all users of the internet
  • families/friends for private use of their digital content

ipernity blog is widely used by the Esperanto-speaking community.[4][5]

It is particularly appreciated by the photographic community. [6]

ipernity has also become a new place for a group of Flickr users who left it after the censorship controversy, [7] although it has, in the meantime, developed the same kind of problems. [8]

ipernity receives an average of 95,000 visitors per day. [9]


ipernity allows the publishing and sharing of :

Content may be organized in multimedia albums.

Several upload methods are available. [10]

Tags and geotags

Authors and visitors may tag every content :

  • Keywords
  • Members tag : (people interested in the content)
  • Geotags : (the site the content is from)

These metadata make searching easy and allow new functions such as geographical searches for photos and videos (a mashup of Google Maps.

Protection of rights

ipernity includes Creative Commons licenses.

Social networking

ipernity allows interactivity between content, authors and visitors. Feedback/comments system, contacts networks, instant messenging, email facilitate social networking.


All contents published on ipernity may be pushed to feed third-party services such as RSS/Atom readers, personalized start pages (Netvibes, iGoogle...), ,social-bookmarking services like del.icio.us...

ipernity includes an API allowing third-parties to develop mashups, software and services interacting with its platform. On October 10 2008 the API was released to the public.[11]


ipernity has been built chiefly with free and open source software technology:

See also


External links

eo:Ipernity fr:Ipernity ja:Ipernity pt:Ipernity

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