Picture This
New digital photo publishing tools are augmenting the life sharing craze
Tech / 1 Dec 2010
It’s no wonder that digital photo publishing has been in the spotlight lately. Life sharing is all the rage, and uploaded photography is the quickest and richest way to share experiences with your social network. We’re here to help you express yourself by way of these new digital photo publishing tools that can turn a few free minutes into real-time memories.
If you’d like to start sharing your iPhoneography, we suggest you check out this popular photo-based social networking feed (currently just for iOS). Instagram differentiates itself by being less archive-oriented and more feed-driven, enabling you to keep your social network up to date via uploaded photos. Boasting eleven custom filters, the program allows users to transform everyday snapshots into artsy photography and, as with most photo publishing programs, you can upload the photos to all of your networking platforms at the click of a button. Those running for mayor can even check in to Foursquare automatically when they attach a location to a photo. With instant photo publishing this easy, text-based status updates may soon be passé.
Dave Morin and Shawn Fanning’s Path is undeniably the most buzzed about of all the new photo publishing tools, as it’s the first ever privacy-minded picture sharing app. With its aim of being a personal network—as opposed to a social one—Path allows users to share photos with up to only 50 friends. It does not afford the ability to blast photos to other social networks like Facebook or Twitter, comment on anything, or even “follow” or “friend,” but you can (at least as advertised) be yourself. There is great debate about whether this limited social networking concept is a genius idea or an epic fail, but with the emergence of geo-fencing, we’re betting it sticks.
We’re going to assume that, if you’re like us, you’re guilty of digital hoarding. How many photos do you have on Facebook? And, of those photos, how many have you actually printed? Right, thought so. Irked by this phenomenon, the founders of Pixable created a tool to get photo albums off the web. With Pixable, you can aggregate your online content and transform it into digital and printed products, ranging from awesome videos (so much better than a slideshow) to printable albums, calendars, mosaics and PocketPix flipbooks. As opposed to older photo sites like Shutterfly and Snapfish, the service doesn’t actually host the content—meaning once you’ve created something, you’re free to post it anywhere you like.
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