Posted Mon Jun 6, 2011 8:00AM
When I search for my name on Thinkstock, I get a message that say, "Sorry, we found zero results matching your search."
Below that it says "Find more results on Getty Images
We found creative stock images matching your search on gettyimages.com:
4 results," and it links to my images on Getty.
Why is there no link to bring buyers to iStock?
Posted Mon Jun 6, 2011 1:48PM
iStock operates on different systems than Getty Images and Thinkstock. There's not currently a way to allow the Thinkstock search to 'see' iStock.
Posted Mon Jun 6, 2011 2:06PM
That's unfortunate. After all of the iStock buyers we have sent them by advertising their programs on our site, they can't help us out by linking back to us?
Posted Mon Jun 6, 2011 2:52PM
It's more that Thinkstock and Photos.com actually live on the Getty Images main database in the US, so when you search for your credit line there, it can see that there are other files on the database that belong to that credit line. iStock's systems are all up here in Canada and our back ends aren't connected in any way. They do link back to us as a partner site on the main Thinkstock page, but since we have no other connection to them, they can't search our library when you search for images.
Posted Mon Jun 6, 2011 3:50PM
That is crazy, it is almost like they are actively discouraging buyers coming to IS. I would have thought that it would have been to everyones advantage to have cross promotion of all relevant databases.
Posted Mon Jun 6, 2011 5:37PM
No, not crazy. We cross promote all the time, but not in the way you're talking about (because it's not possible). The only reason that the Thinkstock search can point you to other Getty Images content is because Thinkstock content exists on the Getty Images database. iStock can't return search results for Getty Images or Thinkstock either. We are separate entities.
There's no mistaking where the iStock content on Thinkstock comes from. It's in a collection called 'iStockphoto', and quite obviously displayed no matter how you look at the image.