/// With $3 Million More in Funding, Stipple Aims to Tag the Visual Web
Photos are so hot right now. Obvious, yes. Look at Facebook and Instagram . Look at Twitter and filters . Look at Yahoo’s new Flickr app . There are photos everywhere. Problem is, there are few direct ways to monetize them. Sticking ads alongside them is still the most popular. Stipple, an image-focused commerce start-up that just raised $3 million in venture capital from Sands Capital, takes a different tack. Think of it as an ad network for images. Stipple works with companies that have huge repositories of images, most often product-based ones from brands like Zappos and Nordstrom. Stipple tags those images so that they’re identifiable if they float around the Web. Stipple then works with Web publishers who can make “Stippled” images show up properly on their sites. The result: A picture that’s interactive, complete with in-image links and pop-ups that can potentially coax viewers into buying what they’re looking at. In theory, it’s a better way to let consumers actually “play around” with the items they’re checking out. If you’re thinking of buying a tablet, for example, a Stippled image could surface a small box with specs, pricing and other pertinent information. One worry, though: Part of why we’re so in love with photos is that they’re simple, straightforward and uncomplicated
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