Tuesday, June 2, 2009

A new basket for my eggs

Hopefully after reading that title you're thinking of the old adage "Don't put all your eggs in one basket" and not something crude. Ok, I admit, either way it works for me. You're still reading.

Let me preface by saying I love what's going on at Hive7, but a guy's gotta have a side project. In fact I wrote about this phenomenon a while back. And, in my mind, that side project might as well make me some lunch money.

For the last two years or so I've been really interested in digital photos and the untapped markets that lie within. In fact, I got introduced to Hive7 while trying to sell myself to an investor to get some angel funding in the space. I'm not a pro photographer wannabe or anything like that. I just think digital photos are a great medium for sharing life with friends and family. I have built Friend Photosaver for Facebook (a screen saver using Facebook photos), Photo Feeds for Facebook (automatic photo RSS creator for Facebook), and Photozap (a tool to download Facebook photos as a zip file).

Those applications are all pretty cool, but didn't really strike me (or anyone else) as especially compelling. But, they did lead me down the path of building something that I think is pretty interesting.

Everyone has a digital camera or cell phone camera. When you go to a social gathering of any sort there are usually tens to hundreds of photos taken. Think of weddings, birthdays, graduations, family bbq's, night clubs. . . . What happens to these photos? Someone copies them to their computer, or uploads them to a photo sharing web site. They send out links or maybe share the photos through a social network's tagging or posting features or some such. That's all fine and good, but I think there's more to be had.

Enter pixur.me. Quoting the about page:

Pixur.me is a different kind of online photo sharing service. Our mission is to focus on the person receiving photos, rather than the one taking them. There are a lot of great services where you can organize your own photos and share them with people, but we think that's only half of the equation.

Can you find all the cute pictures of your kids from your last family vacation? Or how about all the photos from your wedding that your guests took? Could your mother find those same photos?

You could if your family was using pixur.me! What if all the photos that everyone took at that last vacation or your wedding were in one spot? Even though Aunt Sue uses Flickr, and you use Facebook, and your mother uses Picasa. That's pixur.me. Create a Stream and see for yourself! Once your stream is created anyone can add photos to it, regardless of where they are stored online.

That's it. Another basket awaiting some eggs. Give it a spin and let me know what you think. Of course, it's not very interesting if you just use it by yourself. Create a stream and give out the link at your next gathering. Or maybe start a stream that your extended family can add photos to so grandma can see them all in one spot.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot this is a technical blog. This project started out as a technology experiment so it's built on Windows Azure and ASP.NET MVC. Very cool stuff. I'll have to write more about them later...

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I am an entrepreneur and hacker. I'm a Cofounder at RealCrowd. Most recently I was CTO at Hive7, a social gaming startup that sold to Playdom and then Disney. These are my stories.

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