Category Archives: Social Media

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Questions for a funder : Seene

We fell on the Seene  app by accident while we were reading an article about new apps. It was love at first sight . Particularly when we saw this video : We couldn’t resist knowing more so we sat down with Mike Evans, COO and co-founder of Obvious Engineering, makers of the Seene app. What was the original inspiration for Seene. What made you come up with the idea? What were you trying to solve? We develop computer vision technology, and during our R&D we…

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Startup alley at Disrupt NY 2014

Walking the aisles of disruption

There are two types of tech start-ups in the photo space: Those who enhance the photographic experience and those who use photos as a starting point. The first are your editing, filter, archiving apps and web services like Instagram, EyeEm or VSCO, the second are usually in the social media realm, like Facebook, Pinterest or G+. Walking the aisles of Techcrunch’s Disrupt NY mostly confirmed this division. Most new photo/tech companies present offered solutions to the photographic flow, allowing users to better managed their ever-growing…

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Photos are dumb

Let’s face it. Photos are dumb. Without context they don’t reveal much.  While they can be really good at evoking emotions, they are really bad at explaining their content. In fact, without a viewer, an image explains nothing. Let me explain. When confronted with a photograph, we are only able to recognize the items in it because of our memory. We have seen them before, thus we know what they are. Those unfamiliar to us remain unknown.  A photo explains only if you already know the…

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Google testing its Pinterest killer ?

News emerged today that Google is hard at work on a new, somewhat secret bookmarking service. According to Florian Kiersch, a German student who enjoys trawling Google code, the new Chrome feature still being developed will replace Google collections and will be called Google Stars. Google Stars promises to not just save a link, like other bookmarking services, but the whole page, along with images and videos, organising in a searchable visual grid format. Your bookmarks will be saved in a collection format, under a theme…

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battle of the internet giants

And the battle heats up ( updated )

It didn’t last long. Less than a week after Dropbox and Twitter announced new photo oriented features, the other major players responded. Loud and clear. Google bets on Email First Google. Today, it announced a tighter integration of its very popular Gmail with it’s  photo backup solution Google Photo album. Now, it will be even easier to attached photos to any email directly from  your drive account. One click easy. Since email is still the most used online communication tool – that is changing too*-,…

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Dropbox

DropBook, TwitFace, what is it going to be ?

We all know that photos are key to engagement. Tech companies know it, but more important, the advertising world knows it. And although no one has fully mastered its potential, everyone knows that photography is the most important asset of the web today. That is why, more and more, we see a converging effort by tech companies to become the center of our photography life. Whomever controls your photo stream, controls your social life. The battle has raged between Facebook and Google + to be…

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The anti flickr

Funding the anti- Flickr

Imgur newly announced massive round of funding ( $40 Million by Andreessen Horowitz) is a captivating shot at the bow of the photo tech world, and here’s why: Practically unknown outside the geek and nerd world, Imgur is not your traditional photo sharing platform because it has nothing to do with photography. Users do not go on Imgur to look at pretty images, or to review last night party or even post photos of their latest vacation. Rather, it is a photo hosting site for…

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Mobile first

Mobile first, Mobile only

Let’s face it. The next successful photo tech company will be mobile first and mobile only. The key mistake most photo tech companies are currently making is trying to monetize on the laptop web. Besides traditional media, this is no longer the place where people  consume images. They want to take, alter, share and view images on their mobile devices. Twitter knows this and it’s recent new feature release is proof. One can now put 4 images in a tweet, viewable immediately in a feed, as…

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Freedom

35 millions images for free

        It was just a question of time. We have repeatedly wrote here about how the current photo licensing model is broken and obsolete. We also explained at full length how image data collection and third-party revenue are the new gold mine. Getty apparently heard and is now applying. (If you want to read how it works, there is a great full explanation here) Getty Images announcement today that it has put 35 Million of its 80 million images up for free is…

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ellen degeneres oscar selfie

The selfie heard all around the world

The most seen picture of last night’s Oscars was not neither taken by a Dslr, nor a professional photographer and was not published (at first) in any publication. It was a selfie taken on a Samsung Note 3 by an actor and published on Twitter. If any one needed a confirmation of where photography is heading, last night was a prime example. Relegated to taking full length fashion shots behind barricades, or shooting the stage from a balcony, pro photographers were by far outclassed by…

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