So what now?
No matter what networks you share your work to – having your own website and making it the center of your activity is a good idea. It is only on your own website that you can truly control your content. Buy a domain name if you don’t already have one. I host mine with Dreamhost.com, though there are a lot of other great hosts out there. Research them before you sign up – and get the level of hosting you require. I also host my Image Library on a site called Photoshelter. If you just have a few photos online at this point you could start with a some basic WordPress galleries and get some experience with that platform.
I deleted my account and sent a request to 500px to delete my images from all servers under their control. Fingers crossed.
Keeping my images on my website may be the only way I can keep some control of my copyrighted content. Now what about Instagram?