Oggl – First Impressions

Oggl is a new photo sharing experience powered by the popular Hipstamatic camera, films and lenses. It refer to it self as “A Community Of Creative People Capturing & Curating Their Lives Through Photography” and was recently launched. Here are my first thoughts and experiences:

What I love:
– The “Shoot With This” feature, that allows you to
copy the lens and film settings from other users uploaded pictures.
– The look and feel of the app. Oggl has wisely copied the very
cool design of Hipåstamatic – Looking good!
– The editing feature -This is something I, and probably others, have been missing in the
Hipstamatic app. With Oggl you can switch between lenses and films
after taking the picture.
– All the different lenses and films ( worth the 9,99$ to me)

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What I miss:
– The possibility to upload pictures from your camera roll.
– Being able to share the same picture twice to Twitter. I accidentally spelled something
wrong the first time I shared the picture, and there was no way of sharing it twice, not even after editing the picture.
– An easier way to search for friends, I can’t see any way to search for friends from Facebook or Twitter yet.
– More settings – I’m missing an option to adjust my profile photo and the possibility to turn of the auto-save to the camera roll
– More ways of interacting, you can currently not comment on pictures (you can @mention in your capture title, but I cannot see any commenting features yet, nor do you get notifications when people follow you, like or curate your photos.

Nice to know:
– Currently only for iphone
– Free to use, but you can become a member (9,99$ annually) to get access to more films, filters, support the development and skip ads.
– Currently by invitation only, request an invitation in the app or on Oggl.com. (In my case the invitation came less than 24 hours after I requested it)

Are you on Oggl? My user name is @Mariannemixi if you want to look me up 🙂

Instagram: a Quick Guide to Instagram’s New Tagging Feature

Psst – if you’re looking for information about Instagram hashtags, click here.

Instagram recently added a new features: The possibility to tag people in the pictures you upload (earlier you could only tag people in the sense that you @mentioned their user name in the picture text or comments).

To start tagging people in you photos, go to the photo and click on the button in the lower right corner. Once you’ve done this, you get a list of options, the last option on the list is to “tag / add people to your photo”. Touch the photo and start typing Instagram user name or real name of the person(s) in the photo and press “save” when the name comes up.

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With the new tagging feature, you (and everyone else) can get a full overview of all the photos you have been tagged in. You can see all photos you are tagged in under the “Photos of you”-tab on your profile page: 20130512-172036.jpg

Instagram is taking a step closer to Facebook with this update, but has also taken some important precautions : No one other than the person that uploaded the picture can tag people in it. And you can turn of auto-approving
and choose to approve manually. In the “Photos of you” tab, press the button in the right top corner and switch from automatically to manually tagging.

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What do you think of this new Instagram feature? Useful or not?

Snapchat – the next big thing?

Snapchat is a fast and easy way to communicate with your friends through photos and videos taken with your Smartphone. Its user base is growing rapidly, and some even predict it to be the next Instagram.

Marianne Granum snapchat

I think some of the explanation for its fast growing popularity, is that it presents a more honest and real expression than most other social apps:

  • Real-time: You can only send pictures taken by the camera function within the Snapchat app, so all messages sent and received are in real-time.
  • Raw and filter-free: Snapchat doesn’t  have any built-in filters or editing functions ( other than adding colors using the simple built-in drawing functionality).

 

Snapchat for businesses – why not?

I believe Snapchat could be a useful tool for businesses, trying to Reach with their customers in new ways. A couple of examples:

*Imagine if there was an integration/ link between e.g. Foursquare and Snapchat, and whenever you checked-in at Starbucks (using Foursquare) you’d get a Snapchat-message from Starbucks letting you know their special offers of the day, or giving you special Snapchat deals?

*Or, H&M sending you a Snapchat showing their latest trends, their new sales items or their special offers that weekend?

Do you use Snapchat? How would you feel about getting deals and offers there (given that you first had to sign up for them of course 🙂 )?

Instacanvas iPhone Cases: Show off Your Instagram Photos in New Ways!

Just got an e-mail from the Instacanvas, letting me know that I can now turn my favorite Instagram photos into iPhone cases! Pretty marvelous if you ask me!

Choose between Instacanvas favorite pickings, or design your own.

If you’ve signed up for Instacanvas (it is easy and free), give me a shout – I’d love to see your photos! 🙂

Check out my Instacanvas Gallery here.

Instagram by the numbers

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Instagram By The Numbers
Source: Instagram By The Numbers – Infographic