With the popularity of the photo messaging app Snapchat, where uploaded photos and videos disappear after 10 seconds or so, it was only a matter of time until others followed. But this new website from Japan, called Slash Temp (or “/temp”), has turned the ephemeral nature of the Internet into something useful and fun for aspiring artists.
Just launched on January 6, the website allows aspiring artists to post their works on the site for free, but the difference from other sites like Deviant Art is that the posts will only last for 24 hours, and then it “self-destructs.” There is a literal timer attached to each post, showing how long it will stay on the site. But the best thing about it is that if someone comments on the image itself, whether it’s a good comment or a criticism, it extends the shelf life of the picture by one hour per character. This is way better than the “like” (or “dislike”?) option of some social networking sites. So images that got a reaction from visitors can be preserved, depending on how strongly people express their feelings about the artwork.
Even though the site was created by a Japanese company, pipa.jp, the menus and instructions are also offered in English, so non-Japanese artists can still post their work. This is a great venue for people to post their art before they finalize it, in order to get feedback from other users. And another great thing about is it’s free. All you have to do is sign up with a username and password and you can post to your heart’s content. Well, at least for 24 hours per image.
[ via Rocket News ]