via Bold Italic by Wendy Steiner
Everyone in SF seems to be playing a perpetual game of catch-up. The moment we wake up, we check our phones for what we’ve missed while we were sleeping, and if you’re like me, you keep checking until it’s time to set your alarm all over again before bed. After all this is a world where “POIDH” (pics or it didn’t happen) is an acronym that some people live by. I spend enough brain power sweating the big stuff like relationships, politics, religion, and my hair that I don’t have the excess time or battery life to spend worrying about how to organize my photos, keep up with everyone else’s, and you know, live life better.
Luckily, these days there are apps to make things a little easier, and recently the people at WideAngle in Seattle invited me to try out their new iPhone and iPad app to see how it might alleviate some stress in regards to keeping track of photos. The WideAngle app gathers your photos from Facebook, Instagram, your phone, computer, email – even text message pics. Then you can save the photos you want to keep, and choose ones to share with friends. After giving it a whirl, I’ve found that WideAngle provides some handy solutions to problems that busy FOMO-fearing San Franciscans face these days.
Problem: Having to weed through social networks to know what my best friends are up to
I moved from LA, and I still have a lot of good friends down south. Just because I moved doesn’t mean I don’t want to know when they do something important like get a new tattoo, post drunk selfies, or gain weight – especially if they gain weight in the form of a baby. Wading through the hot mess that Facebook calls a News Feed to find my friends’ latest pics isn’t always easy. And some pals pretend they’re all artsy, only sharing their Amaro-filtered landscapes and food porn on Instagram, while bombing FB with their party pics, and reserving Gmail for family-friendly vacation photos. I’ve always wanted one single place to catch a fast glimpse at what all my besties are doing and not have to log in and out of different apps to do so.
WideAngle shows you the last 30 pics your selected friends have posted across their social networks like Facebook AND Instagram. WideAngle keeps me from missing anything, which is perfect because if my friends go to Vegas without me, I’ll know before their flight even lands.
Problem: Too many devices and no central home for all my photos
If you live in San Francisco, you probably take the majority of your pics on your smartphone. Easy peasy, right? But you may also have a point-and-shoot digital camera, a fancy 35mm camera, and maybe even a Polaroid or Holga if you swing analog. Suddenly, storing, organizing, and sharing all the images you’ve taken on various devices gets a whole lot harder. San Francisco is no stranger to six or seven people living together, so why is it so hard to find one home for all my damn photographs?
WideAngle offers a place to keep everything in one spot – from pics on your phone to iPhoto archives to scanned-in shots. A cool feature of the app is that you can sort your images by categories like events, people, cameras, or anything you find helpful. Good news for the next time I want to admire my shameless pictures of latte art.
Problem: It’s hard to keep (track of) my favorite pics
Remember when your friend posted that comment on your Facebook wall two birthdays ago, that photo of a cat, dog, and rat all eating the same piece of cake? You probably wish you could see it again, don’t you? Unfortunately, you also probably don’t have two hours to wade through all your wall posts to find it. And what happens when your laptop finally dies and with it goes the 10 million photos you forgot to back up on that external hard drive gathering dust under your desk? If only there was a photo heaven for these pics.
WideAngle offers cloud storage for your photos. If you somehow manage to get the karma payout you’ve been hoping for in the form of an insanely hot tagged photo of yourself, you can save it within WideAngle and know that it will be there long after your tan and abs are gone. Finally, I have some peace of mind knowing that I can always relive the time my ex-boss’ Facebook got hacked, and when my best friend sat in a bathtub filled with chicken nuggets. That really happened. Awesome, right?
Problem: There’s no good way to memorialize the experience around the photo
Part of the fun of posting a photo online is the reaction you get from your friends and followers. For me, it’s not satisfying enough to just have someone like a photo, I want to inspire conversation and get the last word in the long stream of comments. When I save my photos on my laptop or phone, I’m bummed that I can’t also save all the snarky words that went along with them.
WideAngle knows the conversations that photos can stir up are as important as the images themselves. The WideAngle app includes the likes and comments your photos inspired to help you remember the context around a picture, or who you should be mad at for calling you an outfit repeater.
Do It Yourself
Simplify your photo viewing and storage with WideAngle. The WideAngle app will be launching in just a few weeks (Check out the photos from theWideAngle preview party on our Facebook page). Head over towideangle.com and get on the list to get in first. And then give it a try and tell us what you think.