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WeHeartPics is part social network, part photo-sharing app, and part daily inspiration for your photography. Available as a free iOS [No longer available] or Android app [No longer available], the network can also be accessed through its web-based interface. WeHeartPics brings its users fresh ideas to take photos of, turning your mobile photography into a game of sorts, pushing you to get more creative and see things differently.
While WeHeartPics gives users a little bit of inspiration about what to shoot, most of the topics revolve around one thing – you. Like most social networks, it gives you a chance to showcase yourself, but instead of using text updates, or interesting links, it’s all about the photos that you take.
After registering for a new account using you email address, or simply logging in using Facebook or Twitter, you can dig right in to use the many features the app has to offer. The menu consists of 5 sections: Photo feed, Explore, Profile, Notifications and Popular.
The Photo feed is where images shared by your friends and people you follow. Using the standard pull-to-refresh feature, you can keep up with their latest photos. Not only can you see the photos they’ve shared, you can also see photos they’ve liked. Photos your friends have liked are displayed as small thumbnails, whereas their own photos take up most of the screen. Opening up an individual photo allows you to leave a comment or ‘like’ it.
If you want to discover other users through the app, you can do so through the Explore tab. Divided into categories – including several that are updated on a daily basis – you can see what other users are sharing. The ‘Daily Story’ can include anything – examples available at the time of writing include ‘If I were a song’, ‘My profession’ and ‘Sign.’ The rest of the categories all relate to letting your followers know more about you – your appearance, what you like to eat and drink, your hobbies, your home, your place of work, the city where you live and lots more – creating the ultimate visual diary of your life.
The profile tab allows you to see your account as it appears to other users. There you can see how many subscribers you have, how many users you follow, and see all the photos you’ve uploaded through the app. From here you can also edit your own bio, and view your latest activity on the app.
Your notifications tab displays the latest interactions from other users on your photos, and lastly, the Popular tab, shows you the images that are getting the most attention on WeHeartPics.
To upload a photo to WeHeartPics, you can take the photo from within the app, or can upload the photos from your phone’s photo library – just hit the little camera icon in the bottom left-hand corner. A nifty feature the app offers is allowing you upload photos from Instagram or Facebook, and you can also automatically share your uploads to Facebook.
WeHeartPics is a slick and beautifully designed app, full of whimsy and some pretty cool gestures to boot. It’s a great option to use if you’re lacking inspiration on what you want to take photos of, is a great way to interact with other iPhonegraphers, and is also an interesting way to create an online profile of yourself and your life, in the most creative of ways – using pictures.
While WeHeartPics started out solely as a mobile photo app, it now offers a web-based interface as well, so if you happen to have a phone that doesn’t support the app, you can still get in on the action. The web version is fully functioning, allowing you not only to interact with others, but to upload photos as well. This is great, not only for photographers who don’t have an iPhone or Android phone, it also means that you can share your online profile with friends who don’t even use WeHeartPics.
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