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socialcam appSooner or later, a social networking site for video blogging is going to be as popular as Twitter and Facebook. With more and more people owning cellphone video cams, it makes sense to shoot and post a quick video to your friends and followers.

Well, it looks like a fairly new iPhone and Android app named Socialcam might very well become the Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram of video sharing on the net.

How It Works

Socialcam has some advantages over the previous and similar video sharing sites in that there’s no limitation to the length of videos and storage of content. You can also share existing videos from your video library.

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As with Twitter and Facebook, your posted videos become part of your Socialcam stream that your followers and the general public can view. You can also set videos to be viewed privately or only by your followers, and of course your video stream can be linked or posted to your other social networking sites, including YouTube, Tumblr, Posterous, and even to your Dropbox account. You can also send via SMS.

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How to Shoot Videos

If you know how to use the videocam on your iPhone or Android, you’re set to go on Socialcam. After you set up an account, via Facebook or your email account, you simply shoot your video – typically using the front facing camera of your smartphone.

Socialcam will recommend a handful of very popular Socialcamers whose posts demonstrate how easy it is to shoot a video about whatever is on your mind. Celebrities like MC Hammer, Soulja Boy, Carl Thomas, Shira Lazar, The Roxie, and TMZ already have a huge following and collection of posted videos. But don’t think you have to be a celebrity to post on Socialcam. Most ordinary cammers share about their personal day and activities.

Themes & Filters

Another little cute feature for Socialcam videos are the app’s themes and soundtracks. When you’re done shooting your video, you can add one of about twelve introduction themes to your production.

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I’ve been using the Journal theme, which is great if you plan to use Socialcam for vlogging. Other themes add a centered title or subtitle to your production. You can test out the theme before applying it to your video.

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Socialcam also has a nice assortment of background soundtracks for different occasions – from action to more melodious sounds. Not everyone uses them, but I find they make videos easier to listen to. Fortunately, you can also preview your video (and change the theme or soundtrack) before posting to your stream.

You can change the title and privacy settings of video posts at any time by tapping the Info button at the bottom of a post, and then tap the gear button at the top. This is also the same area for sharing to other websites.

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It takes a few minutes for videos to post to your public stream, but it’s all done in the background, so you can check out other videos or open other apps while your video is being uploaded. You’re notified when the upload is complete.

Getting Viewers

Of course most people share videos online so they can be seen. If you already have an extensive social network following, Socialcam makes it dead simple to invite your followers to view your posts on Socialcam.

If you don’t have many contacts and you’re looking to build a following on Socialcam, I suggest you tap the Popular button in the bottom menu on Socialcam. From there, tap on the Trending button, and then check out the dozen or so trending topics of interests. This is a good way to discover Socialcamers beyond the celebrities or popular posters.

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If you don’t see a topic of interest, start your own. I noticed one topic called the “#coffeecrew” consisting Socialcamers who like coffee. This gave me the idea to start a “jazzcrew” for jazz lovers.

When you produce a video, use the title space to add your tags. Unfortunately there’s not a special entry for tags separate from the title.

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Just as you do on Twitter and Facebook, you can also attract followers by simply following other members and leaving comments. You can set up your Socialcam account to automatically link to your social networking sites. As you begin to add friends, you can specifically tag them to let them know you’ve posted a video, particularly if you mentioned their name in it. Even after you post a video, you can simply tap the tiny Info button, select Friends > Tag Friends, and tap the names you want to tag. The same can be done for Facebook friends.

Will Socialcam catch on like Instagram or Twitter? It’s hard to tell. I personally find the site a little addictive, and that may be a problem, because watching videos is more time consuming than viewing a stream of photos or reading tweets. But I think once you get active on Socialcam, it can become a great way to befriend like-minded people. Or if you don’t care much about building a following, Socialcam can become your personal vlog or video journal.

For other ideas about vlogging, check out these articles:

Let us know what you think of Socialcam. Are you presently using it? What do you like about it? What features would you like to see added?

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  1. mubarak
    April 29, 2015 at 10:19 am

    Recently I wanted to upload social cam in my mobile I phone but it is not found and also in my Samsung is very slow and cant working properly

    I am looking forward to receiving your reply as soon as possible


  2. niranjan
    February 12, 2015 at 11:35 am


  3. Megan
    August 23, 2012 at 3:08 am

    I like social cam- kinda. I have an android so I can't do all the cool things on it that you can do on the iphone! I know I would love it with the iphone!

    • Bakari Chavanu
      August 26, 2012 at 5:50 pm

      Megan, thanks for letting me know that. I don't have use Android, and I didn't realize that some features were missing for that platform. Kinda makes me curious to get an Android phone in order to make some comparisons.

      • Kim
        September 3, 2012 at 11:53 am

        I have an Android (Droid Razr) and I can't get the front facing to work on mine. :( Makes it no fun to use sadly :( I see no place where it will let me turn it around to front facing. :(

  4. OccamsPhazer
    August 18, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    I downloaded it and it just keeps crashing and it wont backup to video library... i dont want to loss what i recorded... the program, regardless, crashes after 20 seconds or so... i would delete it and try to download again, but would I lose my videos...?
    Any suggestions... it impossible to find help.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      August 19, 2012 at 10:45 pm

      Occams, have you tried restarting your iPhone?

  5. Dulce
    May 10, 2012 at 1:25 am

    tapi itu brarti emang pansga pasar nya beda mas, si andro buat orang yang suka koding2si ipon buat orang yang ga suka ribet IMHO sodara2

  6. Elly Arinaitwe
    May 9, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Thank you much Bakari & Am Glad To Be Using Socialcam

  7. c
    May 8, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    how does you seach for video

  8. Bob Horton
    April 26, 2012 at 3:32 am

    I can't get this app to disconnect from my Facebook account

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    April 26, 2012 at 2:25 am

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  10. Juan
    April 23, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Anyone knows why this app is not longer in the play market? I havent found
    any info. Thanks

    • Tina
      April 28, 2012 at 3:09 pm

      Hey Juan,

      Socialcam can be found here on Google Play. Can you access this page?

      • Juan
        April 28, 2012 at 4:14 pm

        Hi Tina, thank you for the link, it was very strange that I could not find it anywhere and suddenly oops, there it is.. Unfortunately it doesn't work!! I barely can get thru the login and then it crashes when I want to use my camera :o( it is so strange that at the play store the last version comes from almost a year ago!

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    April 22, 2012 at 5:15 pm

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  12. John Ramos "OG Ancient One"
    April 12, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Hey Bakari I wholeheartedly agree with you on this one. I too frequent SocialCam. You have nailed this one regarding its uses and concepts. It's a great place to network!

  13. John Ramos "OG Ancient One"
    April 12, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Hey Bakari I wholeheartedly agree with you and actually use SocialCam myself. Your description of its uses and concept is right on. You have nailed this one!

    • Bakari Chavanu
      April 12, 2012 at 5:05 pm

      Thanks for the feedback, my friend. Note to others: check out John's videos on Socialcam. He has a lot of wise things to say. He's a great contributor to the space.