Group-sharing services were the craze at the recent SXSW, where we saw the likes of Beluga and Yobongo gaining some buzz. The excitement then grew even bigger when Color, the app developed by Lala founder Bill Nguyen, hit the App store with its supposedly game-changing idea of photo-sharing, but unfortunately has yet to change the world.
Closer to home, group-sharing apps are still being thought up and improved upon. Echelon alumnus, Foound, which would be relaunched as Found, is going to help “you see where your friends are going,” hinted founder Danny Tan in an interview recently. “It is more natural to how meet-ups usually happen, which is a result of people knowing where their friends are and what they are doing, and joining them after having a brief conversation.”
And then there’s LiveShare by Cooliris, whose Head Business Development APAC Derek Tan participated in several panel discussions during Echelon 2011. In early July, the app got a whole load of feature improvements, the most notable of which is the ability to create public streams. Previously, LiveShare limited you to creating invitation-only groups, but the creation of public streams that anyone can view and contribute to opens up a whole new social dynamic to the service.
To create a public stream, you’d have to first head to the website, enter in the necessary details, hit share, and then blast out the URL to your social networks. Going to the website to create a public stream may be a bit of a hassle right now, but the company said it would enable users to create public streams via the mobile app soon.
Besides that major improvement, the mobile app would allow for people to sign up via e-mail or phone numbers, as opposed to just Facebook Connect. It also has better profile management, which makes it easier to share and connect with friends and other LiveShare users.
For more information, you can check out their instructional video here.
New gig in town
Launched by Malaysia-based BlueBots, Gigorama, as the name implies, is a group-sharing iOS app that was made for gig-goers. The idea behind this is simple: everyone has a different experience of the same event, and Gigorama allows them to share and see those different viewpoints through the mobile application or the website – so even those who aren’t at the event can see what’s going on.
Using this app, users can create a stream based on the event to which they could post videos, photos, or comments that can be seen by everyone immediately. Other people can contribute to the stream too by checking into the event, and start posting immediately. On both the app and website, you’ll be able to see what events on Gigorama are currently going on near you, what events are trending, as well as keep an eye out for upcoming events.
The company, which owns several lifestyle web publications including regional music site JunkOnline, would see Gigorama as a complementary service to the site, although the tie-in between the two services is not apparent right now.
The service underwent its first big test during a KL-based arts festival, and showed some early bugs, most notably annoying duplicate and triplicate posts from users. Its user base isn’t particularly big too, as it hasn’t really caught on in the region, but that could be down to the lack of a big marketing push from the company so far.
If you want to check out what the deal is with the app, you can download the iOS app here.
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