Via.me the Social Publishing application available on iPhone now launched on Android

Via.Me, the First App to Offer Photo, Video, Audio Filtering and Sharing to Multiple Social Networks, Is Now Available on Android

Via.me is a social media publishing platform created by RadiumOne Labs that has been available on iTunes for Apple iPhone users for over 5 months which has proved very popular by its 1 millions users. And now on September the 4th RadiumOne introduced Via.me for Android on Google play.

Even though I’d heard about Via.me I’d not actually downloaded it yet as I already use the very popular instagram and tumblr, and thought Via.me was just a copy of instagram – I had seen someone call the app instagram on steroids and heard people say not another Social Network.  Via.me themselves say that you can use it create your own story board, by creating a personal story or the story of your brand – so there I thought similar to Pinterest.  However after hearing that the application was now launched on Android, I realised it was getting very popular and I thought it was time to try it out.  And I’m so glad I did because I was very wrong, which is why I usually always try these things out first and don’t listen to others.

Via me is Tumblr, Pinterest, Instagram and Path all rolled into one.

Via.me isn’t just for sharing pictures via your phone – it is SO much more – you can share videos, audio notes and images, which you can filter and type a message or add audio notes too to go with it. Then you can share these to Facebook or twitter. Which users can then like or share or comment using video or audio note or text. I also like that you can chose to publish to your Facebook profile, any one of your pages or all of them.  I’ve only posted 5 pictures so far today and I already have around 100 views on each of them and some likes and reshares. I haven’t even started to follow people properly yet.

On the Via.me app the features include

  • Feed – To see your friends messages
  • Explore – To see anyones
  • Camera – Add Picture – Sound or Video – from library or right away.
  • Activity – Who followed you,shared or liked your posts
  • Caption – Top left, similar to typing a tweet on twitter, it can just be a note or  you can  add images, sound or Video.
On the image, video or message –  you can like, repost, comment or delete ..
To delete a picture from Via.com you either can do this from the application – you simply click on the item you want to delete – click the cog in the bottom right and then delete
Or on the web, click the item you want to delete and click the bin in the bottom right.

Using Via.Me on the Desktop

The Via.me web platform is fantastic too – which is something that instagram lacks. You log in via your Twitter or Facebook account and all of your information is there from your phone. You can do everything on the web platform that you can on your phone and much more.  You can share to more networks .  It looks like Pinterest and behaves similar to Tumblr and maybe even Path, however it does everything at once and yet somehow is much simpler to use – Whats more it looks fabulous, I can’t believe I’ve been missing out on this for so long. To link a platform via the phone and the desktop is something that I always look for in an application,  and Via.me does it perfectly.

Features as outlined by Via.me include

  • ·         Photo Filters – 17 best-in-class photo filters enable users to customize their favorite photos.
  • ·         Multiple File Types – Upload photos, videos, audio and text
  • ·         Real-Time Alerts – Receive instant notifications whenever someone you follow posts on Via.Me.
  • ·         Easy Cross-Posting – Via.Me makes it easy to share across the most popular social networks like Facebook and Twitter in just two clicks.
  • ·         Intuitive User Interface – The Via.Me app and website have an elegant and intuitive user interface that makes it fun and easy to create, share and discover.
See the introductory video from RadiumOne here – Introducing Via.me  it shows just how easy it is.
I hope that people don’t just see this as another Instagram or another Pinterest as I thought before I checked it out or it might put them off trying it too. Please try it – and you will see why it is so special – all we need now is for Empire Avenue and people like Klout to add it to their scoring and maybe to even be able to Buffer from Via.me, ok maybe thats just a little over the top.
This is not just another social network is it many networks rolled into one – so if this works, we could drop 4 and just use Via.me……..  Its a thought.
Just try Via.me I think you’ll like it… let me know below what you do think, thanks.
Hope this helps

 

 

 

 

New Friends Reunited = Pinterest meets Flickr in an an antique shop.

friends reunited logo

Friends reunited was launched in the year 2000 in the UK and was soon to be the UK’s largest social network.  It allowed you to reunite with old school friends / work friends and later,  even people that lived in your childhood road.

You could contact people via email on the site – but it tried to not allow you to give your msn or your email address to contact directly – there were ways around this but not everyone understood what michelle at msn dot com meant back in those days.

Suddenly some add updates were made, there were meewee characters which you could use as our avatar, trying to make it more fun? AND the not so fun things, they had started to charge for emails and then for membership.  This is why users left, not the competition Facebook or Bebo – we had already decided to jump ship before we realised that Facebook and Bebo were going to be next.

So now we’ve heard that Friends-reunited has been reunited and relaunched as a memorabilia site.

When I logged on I was surprised to see how plain the design was still, even after all these years – and that I had 5 new messages!!

Top right by your name – which you can click to see your memories 

  • Messages – Including all the old ones
  • Contacts – People that you had added as contacts

  • Games – ….. this is new

Down the left hand side you have these options …..

Make a box

Memory boxes are collections containing photos, videos, discussions and polls all covering a single theme, e.g “Childhood Sweets Of The 70s”. You can choose to share your box with others, or keep it private for your own memories.

To make a memory box  –  name it – categorise it – sub categorise it – deside if its private, shared or public – then save it.

Find Memories 

Finding something you remember is easy. You can search for anything (like events, moments, people and places) using the search box located at the top of each page. Browse through the collections of memories which are in memory boxes that have already been created.

My Keepsafe

Your keepsafe is your own virtual memory shoebox, filled with all your favourite memories. Everything you’ve added to Friends Reunited is kept here, everything from before is there!  You can add the photos to yours or other boxes or just leave them “out of the box”

Underneath the Keepsafe there are three titles

  • Private Memories – which is empty because I haven’t created any.
  • Shared Memories – also empty because no-one has shared any yet.
  • Public Memories – This will be all the pictures from the old friends reunited I would assume. Listed in groups that are also in your memories at the top.

So its all about photos …..pinterest meets flikr meets an antique shop!

I’m not sure…… it might work – people love photos its clear – and they love sharing old photos on facebook. Having somewhere to keep them safe and or to show people sounds a good idea.  Its not an easy to use design or a pretty one, this could be what lets it down. That and if after they have hooked us in they want to start charging. However it is still in Beta so don’t be so hard on the new friends reunited.

It will be interesting to see if it takes off….

 

 

 

Pinterest is for women? You could try Gentlemint!

A month ago now, I wrote about Pinterest asking if you have you signed up for Pinterest yet? –  it seems to me that now the world and his wife has signed up!  People love it!

Today, the Mail Online, suggested that Pinterest which is one of the fastest growing sites with 12 Million unique visitors (just in the US) could have over 97% female users.  Which I don’t believe, I’d say out of my 300 followers many more than half are male. In fact when I open up my first page of followers you can see here yourself that they are almost ALL men.

Pinterest is for girls? 

As I looked through the rest of my followers this was pretty much the case all the way through. I know I do have many male followers probably due to the nature of my interests but this must show that the 97% figure is wrong.

Besides which, you will only see the pictures of those that you are following unless you go into explore and then you can search for things like DIY or Car or other maybe mainly subjects, so I don’t see the problem of Girly pictures being on Pinterest, as others have suggested.

Its been suggested before that Pinterest is for women, as this is how Gentlemint was born, they decided to create a male version of Pinterest – The tag line being.

Gentlemint is a mint of manly things. 

I have signed up for an invitation to Gentlemint, using my first name Michelle, so I wonder if I will be invited to the manly beta.

Ohh men, look at all those lovely cool dude pictures… I can’t wait to see how this all turns out. Will people be banned for putting pictures of high heels on Gentlemint?  Or is it ok if they are high heels attached to a scantily dressed woman.   I might try it and see! 🙂

Don’t get me wrong, I think Gentlemint have jumped on the bandwagon with a brilliant idea and obviously with what people think is missing, I just don’t think that it is missing.

The same as Snip.it – another similar site that people are calling Gender Neutral! Yes, I laughted too. It is different in that you snip your favorite links on a board – more like stumbleupon crossed with Pinterest – Stumerest?  Which is probably safer on the copyright score.

I wonder how many more there will be – I wonder just as we can title and put our Pinboards in subjects on Pinterest, maybe what we will we end up with is an actual site for each individual subject – for fishing – horseriding – sewing – oh like magazines?

What do you think? Is it all girlie pink dresses and high heels on Pinterest?  Will you leave there for Gentlemint or something else? Do you not like any of these and will stick to Flickr?

Let us know, we’d love to find out.

 

Have you signed up for Pinterest yet?

Pinterest is your virtual Pinboard or Scrapbook.

Pinterest is well-funded by a this group of  successful entrepreneurs and investors: Jack Abraham (Milo), Michael Birch (Bebo), Scott Belsky(Behance), Shana Fisher (Highline Venture Partners), Ron Conway (SV Angel), Kevin Hartz (EventBrite), Jeremy Stoppelman (Yelp), Hank Vigil, and Fritz Lanman.

I’ve just signed up for this, even though it was apparently launched in March 2010 – (which was why I couldn’t get my usual user name)  but it is still in Beta and invitation only or by requesting an invite

Pinterest now also has an iPhone application

My Pinterest users name is techieminx 

Create your Pinboards in Pinterest

You pin pictures, video or links to your boards, which can have whatever categories you like. You can use your own links or pictures, or someone elses, always making sure you give credit to the original source.

It very simple and easy to do.

Choose if you want to

Add a Pin –  You choose from your own pictures/video’s stored on your PC or iPhone. 

Upload a Pin – Here you put the URL of the picture/video you wish to display.

Create a Board – You create a Board to put your Pins.

Look at other PinBoards on Pinterest

You can browse Pinboards created by other users where you can – LikeRepin or Comment, from those boards.

When you pin something to your board you can also share this with Facebook or Twitter!

Finding or inviting friends couldn’t be easier when you sign in with Facebook, its just gives you two lists, or you can search on email addresses.

This site is great fun, and very popular – check out how many likes people already have, its phenomenal.

Its not just anther photo sharing site, or even social networking site ….

Sort of explained what it is in this video by Lockergnome aka Chris Pirillo

What is Pinterest

Pinterest have a mission..

Our goal is to connect everyone in the world through the ‘things’ they find interesting. We think that a favorite book, toy, or recipe can reveal a common link between two people. With millions of new pins added every week, Pinterest is connecting people all over the world based on shared tastes and interests.

From http://pinterest.com/about/

Try it out, it costs nothing, but time – oh it is rather addicting 🙂

Hope this helps