“Snapr is the cold mobile photo-sharing platform.”
“Snapr places clever concentration upon location. The app can take note of your place when we take pictures, in conclusion formulating an tellurian atlas of common content.”
“If we have been starting to consider Snapr is usually about location, you’d be mistaken. There is the outrageous amicable component to the app.”
“Snapr is the glorious photo-sharing height which deserves to grow in popularity. It blends good UI, amicable networking as good as geo-location collection in to the operate which is shining for mobile devices.”
Thanks again to the team at Aviary for another nice write up on their blog.
Just had an update on whats coming for the Aviary Feather SDK and its looking awesome.
“At Aviary, we’re a big fan of photos (naturally), but what you might not know is that we’re equally fond of games. When it comes to intra-office competition, the pool table, Quake tournaments, and FIFA offer ample opportunities for our team to duke it out — but what if there was a game that began to blur the lines between competing on a console and in real life?”
The Feather SDK includes a full suite of creative tools for editing and adjusting images. You can do basic things like cropping, rotating, and adjusting levels, and there is also fun stuff like adding text and stickers, and a set of photo FX.
The idea is that you can easily drop the SDK into any iPhone / Android app and instantly have rich image editing functionality on hand for your users.
Integrating the Aviary editing suite for both iPhone and Android was surprisingly straight forward, we quickly had things running in all four of our products on both platforms.
In Snapr the Aviary tools seemed perfect for our users who needed to ‘finish off’ their images before sharing. There are tons of great filters apps out there right now, but lots of them don’t do basic things like cropping and minor color adjustments - this is just one way we hope that the Aviary tools can fill a gap for our users.
The other thing we are excited about is the potential for people to add fun commentary to their shots - text, stickers, drawing, and the pending meme text generator!
We can see heaps of potential in these tools and we are looking forward to seeing how they develop.
We are soon to launch v2 of our Snapr developer portal which will emphasise Snapr as a service people can use to build their own photo sharing apps, games, and communities.
As the Aviary tools develop and become more powerful we see them as being the perfect compliment to our own developer focussed offerings - the Snapr API helps people with building a social backend for their photo sharing app, while the Aviary tools take care of the creative things people want to do with their photos.
Sounds like a great match!
ps - check out the Aviary blog for an awesome write up of Snapr
We made a Tumblr to showcase some of the best photos that have come in on Capture the Flag. If you are into rugby its a great way to catch a slice of the action from the recently held Rugby World Cup in New Zealand!
Bear with us as we continue to bring the blog up to date with images from around the finals (and the AB’s victory parade :) ).
Our development team which used to be comprised mainly of ‘me and Jake’ has now grown to also include Mike and Dave. Our friends at Cactuslab have continued to pitch in with iOS development on Snapr now led by Ryan, and its also been a pleasure to have been working with Theo who we contracted to build our Android app.
Our habit of office squatting continues to pay off - Gladeye (who host Snapr co-founder Eddie in Auckland) did an amazing job working on the artwork for Capture the Flag - props there to our man Pablo!
Its a crazy time to be doing things with mobile photo sharing right now - it seems like a new app or service pops up every day. On the plus side its proof that lots of people can see the potential for this space, on the downside its tough being an underdog company hailing from the bottom of the globe.
The release cycle for Snapr definitely doesn’t end for Snapr now that we have above products in the wild. Its really just a base for what we hope is possible given the unique capabilities of our API.
Lots to talk about so hopefully this will be the first of a series of blog posts. But if we do go quiet again it probably just means things are happening.. :)
"Many consider cartography a lost art, but Snapr’s new iOS app combines old school technique with modern day technology. With GPS and geotags, Snapr enables users to create photographic maps that are organized by place (latest photos taken in a given part of town) and time (images that were all taken around the same time).”
“Snapr offers a nice departure from the filter-centric nature of most photo-sharing apps. The Aviary editing tools are easy to use and sharing to foursquare is a breeze. Capture the Flag offers a slight diversion from other photo apps. The game aspect adds a little fun to something that’s normally fairly mundane. If I’m going to be sharing photos, I might as well have a little fun along the way, right?”
“The streets have eyes, man! We’re the iSpy generation. A mobilized army of iPhone snap happy freaks, sharing our world view one photo at a time.
Not news, really. It’s been happening on Facebook for an age now. But with Snapr it’s a whole lot easier, and a whole lot more in your face.”
“On a lighter note, I seriously wish that my mum, the avid amateur photographer that she is, had Snapr twenty years ago. Then I might know where half of those picturesque mountains and forests from my childhood are.”
"Snapr is a mobile application for sharing geo-tagged images. Its goal is to create a "live map of the world’s photos." It also has an API that enables developers to add location information and Instagram-like social photo feeds to your own mobile photo apps. You can also use Snapr’s API to give users the ability to send photos to multiple services from one application."
6 tips for overseas tech start-ups coming to the USA
Since I recently touched down in London for a visit I thought it might be a good time to reflect on our first five months in New York.
We started Snapr from New Zealand and following the launch of our v1 product we headed to the States to get closer to the action (will blog about why we picked NY over the Valley soon). It’s been a great experience so far, but it definitely hasn’t always been easy.
Starting with the most obvious here are some tips for other people trying to get started bringing a company to the US.
The monthly NY tech meet is huge, and there are some great local ones like the North Brooklyn Breakfast Club. The format of a meetup could be anything from watching demos / pitches, to sitting around a table with twelve people having beers and chatting.
Going through members lists of meetup groups is a great way to find local people to follow on Twitter too and this can help you keep tabs on less obvious events that are happening and get an idea of who knows who.
We met some great people at meetups who helped us a lot including Teddy and Emily from Hashable - which brings us to our next point:
I was meeting with Nihal (of Eniac & Local Response) right before I left and we both agreed that Hashable is doing great things for the start-up scene in NY. It encourages people to open up their address book and help people connect. Its also a great way to make sure you are gathering the Twitter handles of interesting people you meet.
Hashable CEO Mike Yavonditte was one of the first people to give us an hour of his time after we arrived, he gave us lots of good advice and of course made us some great #intros.
So we got onto Hashable fairly early and I managed to scrape into the NY top 100 for November and attend the Hashable launch party.
Get togethers among the people on the leader board are a great way to crystalize the value of ‘hashcred’ and I hope this is an aspect of the product they will build on. We got some of our first US press through a contact we made at the launch party.
Find a creative agency to adopt you
Co-working spaces are great for start ups, but an alternative that you don’t often hear about is to find a friendly creative agency that will give you a desk space.
In our case we had developed a relationship with a mobile marketing agency (The Hyperfactory) before we left New Zealand and they generously offered us a desk space for free. (Please don’t spam them with free desk requests, we are coming back soon!)
For an innovative agency its another way to keep a finger on the pulse of whats happening with new tech, and we helped out occasionally with pitches, especially in cases where Snapr could be a useful base platform.
Get US lawyers
If you are going to do business in the states it is inevitable that at some point you will need legal work done by someone who knows the US legal system (not your home country lawyer, even if they are awesome as is the case with ours). This can be expensive, but not nearly as costly as if you make mistakes that you will have to fix later.
You can sign an engagement statement with a lawyer which means you have formally agreed to let them represent you, even though you may not yet need to do any actual work (i.e. you don’t need to pay them anything until the time a deal needs to be done, or you need to set up properly in the USA).
Your lawyers want you to grow as a client so they can be a great advocates. Pick a lawyer that has a well established background working with start-ups and technology companies and they will be able to intro you to people, they may well be happy to give you a lot of free advice, and in our case we even got some party invites and a free lunch!
A hazard of meeting with a lot of people who have already been successful is that they will have their own ideas about where you should take your business.
These are often great ideas, but its also not uncommon for two very smart people to have contradictory thoughts about what you should be doing.
At the end of the day its your company and you have to stick to what excites you, and the directions that fit your strengths.
If people are constantly suggesting a lot of ideas for you it could be a sign that you aren’t articulating a compelling vision for what you are doing.
If people who know technology well can’t grasp your pitch then your product will most likely also struggle with consumers.
This isn’t always going to be the case (think Twitter.. how did anyone ever define that?) but if when you discuss your product things inevitably steers towards changing the direction of what you are doing instead of how to realize the goals you have set out than maybe your core proposition needs some work.
Don’t pivot constantly to follow someone else’s vision, get the core hook of your product right on terms that you are happy with, then find people who will help you realize those goals.
Things will take longer than you hope.
It took us almost three months to get a meeting with Hyperfactory CEO Derek Handley after we arrived, but this led to an office space, connections with lots of great people, and some great input from Derek. Don’t take it personally if people are busy.
You may well be fresh off the boat with lots of big ideas, and from the point of view of the local tech and investment you are just that. People will be happy to help you, but when it comes to writing a cheque they will most probably want to wait around for a while to see if you are not just going to give up and go home.
Most of the people who have started successful companies might have started several companies before their current one, or worked in a key role for one that was successful. In order for people to trust you you will need to spend some time building relationships and proving your smarts / staying power, either that or you better hope your product has mad traction!
"As the proverb goes, if you can’t beat them it’s best to join them, and that’s exactly the move that Snapr made when it opened an API this month that other photo apps can use to create a social component to their own apps."
"The API will allow other photo apps to add sharing capabilities, add photo streams similar to Instagram’s, or add location-based and mapping features. Photos shared across multiple apps using Snapr’s API will contribute to Snapr’s inventory, making their own app more robust."
"If Snapr’s API does attract a significant number of developers, it will bode well for the next move the self-funded startup has planned. The next version of its own app will focus on finding friends and keeping track of what they’re up to via location-based photo feeds (it will be interesting to see if this new version can compete with Foursquare’s new photo-sharing feature).”
"Snapr is a New York startup and iPhone app for snapping, geotagging and sharing photos. Open up the app and see photos others have shot in the same spot.
But Snapr’s smart—it’s not trying to compete with umpteen other photo apps. Instead, it wants to connect all of them.
Snapr just released a new A.P.I. (Application Programming Interface) that will make it easy for developers to integrate social photosharing features similar to those of Instagram and Snapr into any app.”
I know we have been quiet lately.. Its because we have been working so hard!
Our time in New York has been great, the start up scene here is buzzing and everyone has been amazingly helpful to us.
Wow there is a lot of buzz around mobile photosharing at the moment! We have our own take on things and a fully featured awesome new product due early next year.
As you may know Snapr has a really good API. We have been working to expand the functionality of this, and also create easy ways for third party app developers to bring a custom real time social element to their products.
Watch this space for a press release and some new goodies this week.
If you are like us you will be frustrated that when you upload an old image from your camera roll to Snapr it tags it with your current location intstead of the location where the photo was taken..
This is because prior to iOS 4.1 Apple did not allow developers to use its APIs for properly reading/writing EXIF data from the camera roll.
Good news is that we will be releasing an update that fixes this problem very shortly! Not only that but a lot of our other favorite apps like Hipstamatic are also taking advantage of better EXIF integration - so it will soon be easier to upload images to Snapr with correct location / time data as it suits you!
I used this App to show my friends and family a recent trip to Europe. It worked wonderfully. I could walk my friends through every detail in chronological order or just let them look for themselves. I usually come back from a trip with very little to say about my trip. This app helped me remember the little details, the funny stories, the mood, the time and the place so I could share.
After recommending it to a friend who runs an art blog he has been using the app to document street art in Brooklyn. When a piece of street art’s lifetime ranges from seconds to years, Snapr is a perfect way to document the rich and abundant street art scene in NYC.
So many uses for this app. Looking forward to see what features they may add next and how users choose to use this app.”
“NZ Fashion Week has finished for another year. And, away from all the preening, strutting and Blue Steeling on the catwalk, a new Kiwi-conceived social media tool was making a name for itself behind the scenes, with the free iPhone photo app Snapr being employed to stream and geo-tag live photos from the runway straight to the NZFW website.”
“When you’re at almost any happening these days, there’s a sort of Twitter cloud going up around you. This may suit those who like to bend their heads down and tap words out while they’re attending things, but that’s certainly not everyone.
Snapr does the same except with photos. All you do is boot the Snapr app up and take the picture; you can add a comment that will go to your twitter feed if you want the best of both worlds.”
It means a lot to me that companies like Foursquare and Gowalla (and of course Snapr!) will continue to thrive following Facebook’s entry to the LBS marketplace.
No one wants to see a web where the only viable option for a start-up is to do something interesting enough to be bought and assimilated by Facebook or Google.
For some people that’s always going to be a good exit option, but things will get very boring if it seems impossible to break through with a new company.
Facebook looks headed towards being so huge that it is big on the same scale that the internet is big..
Rather than just being a destination site it wants to become an omnipresent socially organized tunnel through which we experience and share the internet.
Sounds scary when you put it like that, but really its not much more scary than Google has ever been (starting to get scarier.. thanks for sticking to your guns on net neutrality guys..).
The thing about being that big is that it gets hard to deliver a good experience around any single thing to anyone in particular.
Denis Crowley was right when (if) he said that Facebook’s places option was boring. It has to be boring because EVERYONE is on Facebook - mum, dad, granddad, the kids, all 500 million of them. And all these people don’t really agree on whats cool, so the fallback is to be generic.
It makes sense for the social graph to be centralized. It would be nice to see this happen on a platform slightly more open (read: portable) than Facebook, but for now it seems that Facebook is it.
What wouldn’t make sense is if Facebook starts trying to tread on cool companies like 4sq, Tumblr etc. They are already huge, why act like dicks at this point (whats with the 4sq in the places logo?)?
What they need to do is reassure developers that they are going to provide a good (open and and with friendly terms) base platform for people to build more niche location based social stuff off of.
In that scenario Foursquare, MyTown etc will have to compete with developers that have location based gameplay using Facebook’s infrastructure. Not something that is terrible in its own right, aside from the fact that ultimately Facebook will retain control over the platform.
Then again, Foursquare has a strong early presence in this market and a very cool brand. If they continue to innovate and push hard I think they should be able to keep a big slice of the ‘places’ market - i.e. businesses who primarily register through Foursquare as a center for their location based social operations.
The internet is a big place, and within that even a niche can be a huge business with a global reach.
Small companies will inevitably feed back through Facebook & co, but as the social web grows up I think people will start to also search for services that fit them (and a specific social group (read: no mum and dad!)) and the specific things they do more closely.