Today I’m showcasing a strange free app someone showed me. Voice chatting, video chatting, and texting are all in the mainstream now with apps like Skype, iMessage, Facetime, and the thousands of other social apps. But what other communications mediums are still untapped? How about photo-chatting? Yes, I’m talking about communicating with photos.
A friend showed me an app the other day called Snapchat, and it has been occupying my time as I tried to understand it ever since. For years, to show emotion from afar, all we had was emoticons, so Snapchat completely changes the equation.
|An Example of the app’s photo-taking and sharing interface|
The concept is fascinating. How much can you visually communicate in a photo? The app finds other users you know through slick Facebook, email, and phone integration.
From there you start conversations by taking photos on your smartphone and sending them out. Your friends can then reply with their own photo. But here’s the twist. Your friend can only view the photo for the amount of time you set (usually 4-8 seconds) which brings a whole bunch more of fun into the equation. After sending and receiving a few messages, I’ve found that flat visual communication in a few seconds is a challenge, but it’s a fun challenge.
If you’re looking for a way to communicate quickly with your friends this isn’t it, but if you want to have a good time chatting in an interesting way, this is your app. It’s like a human “Draw Something”. So check out Snapchat for free in the app store.
if you haven’t noticed, Youtube completely revamped their partner program. Here’s how the new program works. In the past, you had to apply or be invited. Now, if you have successfully monetized 1+ videos, you will be a “low level” partner (same as Youtube monetization partner of the past). You will not get custom branding, headers, and thumbnails (yet) but you are on Youtube’s radar. Eventually those features will be rewarded to growing channels in “good standing”
The sucky part is you can no longer apply, so it’s a game of luck getting branding and full partnership now, unless you already have partnership in which case everything stays the same. So that’s the story.
Not sure if you guys have seen this but you must check this out. This guy named Chris Chackney gave a tell-all interview on his fascinating story. He had absolutely no programming abilities or education, but using perseverance and his head he hacked into several celebrity email accounts. The story in GQ tells of someone who only wanted to show himself that he could do it, but ended up in prison and infamous.
His hobby grew from a small one, to a dangerously large addiction and in the end it led to his current situation:
“One night, he finally gave in to the temptation to talk. “I let my curiosity—and I think my marijuana—get the best of me,” he recalls. A well-known actor had sent a wish-you-were-here photo of a European mountainside to an actress. Stoned and feeling uninhibited, Chaney logged in to the actress’s e-mail against his better judgment and sent a reply saying how fantastic the view looked. He shuddered the moment he hit send. “I was like, ‘You’re a fucking idiot for doing this,’ ” he says.
But the screwups, or the impulse to share, didn’t go away. While perusing the e-mail of celebrity stylist Simone Harouche in early November 2010, he stumbled across photos of her client Christina Agui-lera trying on outfits in a dressing room, wearing little more than silver pasties. Chaney found a random guy on a celebrity message board and sent him an e-mail telling him he knew “someone” who had hacked pictures of Aguilera. Did he want to check them out?”