Everyone loves to share. Be it posting a status update on Twitter or Facebook, or checking in with your current location on Foursquare, people want to let everyone else know what they are up to. Flickr is now at the forefront of sharing photos, and there is no way Google is going to let them own that space without a fight. So, in comes the recently released Photovine.
Photovine is like Flickr in that it allows users to share their photos in a social way. It is designed to make sharing and uploading photos easy and fun. It also makes it easy to find photos that interest you because of the inclusion of Vines. Vines are similar to tags in Flickr. They are groups of pictures that are similar. For example, you might see a Vine for concerts, or cute pets.
Currently, this is kind of a pet project for Google’s side studio called Slide, but if there is one thing I know about Google it is that once they go in on something, they go all in. I think they are testing the waters and as this thing grows, it could become a massive hit for them.
Setting Up The App
As with any app from the Apple App store you first have to go to iTunes and download it. Once the app is installed you will need to make a Photovine account. To get started you will have to enter your real name, choose a user name, enter an email address and choose a password.
The registration process takes about 10 seconds, and then you will be ready to start sharing your photos.
Using the App
Once you have created your account the application takes you through a four step process to get you fully up and running. The first step is to set a profile picture for yourself. You can either choose a picture already stored on your phone, or take a new one.
The next step is to upload a picture to any Vine. To upload a picture you can either go to “Vines” screen and choose a vine you want to upload your picture to by tapping the “Camera+” icon or click the “+Vine” symbol from any screen in the app, choose a picture and search for a Vine that suits your photo.
Next, the app will want to find some friends for you on Photovine. You can find friends using Twitter, Facebook or email. Even if you don’t successfully find any friends, the app still gives you credit for trying.
The last step is to start a Vine of your own. This is done by clicking the “+Vine” symbol, taking your photo and then searching for the name of the vine you want. If there is no Vine that matches your search a button labeled “NEW” will appear right below the search box. Click that and you will have a shiny new Vine that will hopefully become full of pictures from people all over!
Twitter and Facebook Integration
When you are adding a new picture, the app gives you the option to share it with Facebook and Twitter. On the very bottom of the screen there are two buttons, one for Facebook, and one for Twitter. If you pick one, or both, it will ask for you user name and password, and you will be ready to share your pictures with your friends and followers.
The fun of Photovine is not just sharing your pictures but also looking at other peoples’ pictures. They give you many ways to browse photos, and they make it easy to do.
You can start by clicking on the button labeled “Vines” at the bottom of the screen. From there you will automatically be taken to the “Fresh” vines page. On the top of the screen you can choose to browse by “Fresh,” Popular,” and “Watching.” If you see a Vine you like a lot in your travels you can add it to your watched vines. In addition, any Vine you upload a photo to will automatically go to your watch list. There is also a search button on the very top right of the screen. You can type in anything that interests you and see if there is a Vine out there for people who share your interest.
There are some pretty interesting Vines out there. Today I happened across a Vine dedicated to Venus Flytraps. As the program becomes more and more popular, I can’t imagine what kind of crazy things people are going to group up and take pictures of.
This a fantastic app that takes social photo sharing to a whole other level. Anything with Google backing it has the potential to be massive, and based on my time spent playing around with Photovine, I think this will be no exception. For the time being Photovine is only available to iOs users, but I hope to see it on Android soon. If you are an iPhone user, I highly recommend checking this out!
Have you tried Photovine? What do you think? Let us know in the comments.