****UPDATE AS OF JUNE 29, 2008: IT LOOKS LIKE TASTEPOTTING IS BACK. NOT SURE WHAT THE DEAL WAS, MAYBE WE’LL NEVER KNOW. BUT HEAD TO TASTESPOTTING .COM OR OTHER GREAT NEW SITES FOODGAWKER.COM AND FPDAILY.NET. ****
Just linked to tastespotting.com to read a message that looks as though it was written in a hurry on a napkin like a mob hideout ready to be raided! It read:
“Thanks for a great 18 months! In light of recent legal complications, NOTCOT will no longer be operating tastespotting.com” -Jean NOTCOT 6.13.08
What the f happened? Legal complications? The only thing I can speculate is if people were uploading other people’s photographs without the photographer’s consent? I often saw strange catalog-like pictures on there and wondered why they were there. Other than that, I really don’t know why they would run into legal issues? Any ideas?
I had a major love/hate relationship with tastespotting.com. I’m sure you have the same feelings, right? You always wondered why they weren’t taking your photos, so you kept adding different shots of the same thing so that maybe one will be ‘tastespotting appropriate’ (which always burned my ass). I even bought a few friggin’ white plates just for that website and attempted to style at least one photo so that it could easily fit that tastespotting square look! But then there would the occasional ‘crappy picture’ that would make it on the site and I’d wonder who was smoking what there. Just the other day I was searching to see if one of my pics made it only to be horrified of a picture that looked as though it was taken by a camera phone – it was dark, blurry and looked like sick in a bowl (I think it was a cottage pie attempt or something). Not being a snob, but I just couldn’t understand what they wanted in a photo – this was just one of the frustrations I felt about the site.
With all my complaints aside, tastespotting.com was a wonderful outlet for food porn (another term I think is kinda cheesy, but it does describe it perfectly) and helping the food blog community get to know each other in a different way. I loved the ability to peruse food photos and click on the ones that I thought looked interesting, unique and delicious. I really hope that tastespotting.com comes back once all the legal crap is dealt with and I can continue to love them and curse them to the high heavens once again.