These two apps are similar to services like Flickr, YouTube, and Instagram, but they provide a way to share your videos and photos with specific groups of contacts, without the hassle of emailing them each time you upload content to either of the accounts. Both apps are easy to setup and use, and your photos and videos can be shared in nearly real time after they are uploaded.
If you want a way to share your private videos with friends and family, Boxee’s Cloudee (Free) app may be of use. Though Cloudee requires a Facebook account to register, it’s an easy-to-use app in which you can share existing and new videos on your iPhone or other iOS supporting devices.
The videos you export through Cloudee get uploaded (full version) to the Cloudee server, and from there you can share the link to the video on Facebook or Twitter, or share the actual video through email.
Of course depending on how large a video is, it may take some time to upload, but Cloudee includes a little progress bar to inform you about the upload status.
You can also organize your videos into folders (what Cloudee calls “Suitcases”) and your contacts added to that folder get notified when you add new videos to a folder. Videos you share can be viewed by recipients not using the Cloudee app, but the sharing process would probably be a little easier if they do.
The sharing features in Cloudee contains a few other small features, including adding comments to shared videos and favoriting the ones you like best.
One of the advantages of using Cloudee—similar to uploading videos to Flickr or YouTube—is that it enables you to upload your videos to the cloud (do note that Apple’s iCloud only allows you to upload photos, not videos, to your Photo Stream account), which in turn enables you to free up space on your iOS device if need be.
Colugo (Free) is similar to the iOS 6 version of Photo Stream, in that it enables you to share photos privately in your Colugo account with friends and family. Like Photo Stream, you can create and organize photo albums and share photos with different groups of people.
So you may have a folder for your family members, and another one for your co-workers. In turn, the people you share folders with can also add photos to the folder. Unlike Photo Stream, however, you can also share your photos publicly to Colugo, which anyone can view via Colugo’s Explore feature.
Colugo is not that different from most other photo sharing sites, but it seems especially useful if you’re privately sharing photos with other iPhone users who also download and use the app. It’s also useful that you can take photos from within the app, and they instantly get uploaded to the designated folder, and are instantly shared with others invited to view the contents of that folder.
Let us know what you think of these apps. Do you use a similar app or services for sharing videos and photos? And for other photos sharing ideas, check out these articles: