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Photogram: An iPhone Photo Sharing App for Friends and Grandma

June 16, 2011

Photogram: An iPhone Photo Sharing App for Friends and Grandma

By Tammy Wolf
TMCnet Web Editor

Next week I’ll be boarding a plane for a week of Puerto Rico paradise, hopefully to return stress-free, sun-kissed and with tons of picturesque and candid photos (many taken on my iPhone (News - Alert), of course). More than likely, I’ll want to share my adventures of sight-seeing old San Juan and navigating the rainforests of El Yunque with all my friends and family. But one issue remains: I have yet to find one photo-sharing platform that is both accessible to my gaggle of smartphone-toting girlfriends as well as my parents, whose app-less phones are circa 2007.

It must be perfect timing, because today I got wind of a new, free iPhone app that has the ability to quickly capture and share photo memories with multitudes of people – with just one click. Called Photogram and created by app developers Bob Armour and Brian Hand, this photo-sharing app is designed to vastly improve the photo sharing and delivery experience while also telling a story.

According to Armour and Hand, while Photogram is targeted toward the average iPhone user who has a need to share photos with people using different means of communication, it also is meant for new parents, or those who have a pressing need to instantly share “firsts” with family members. What truly sets it apart is that recipients can still receive photos without downloading the app or registering.

“With Photogram, we want the delivery experience and packaging around your photos to enhance and support the specialness of the moments they reflect,” Hand said in an Appolicious interview. “Sort of like getting a diamond ring in a Tiffany box.”

Inspired by the creators’ experience-sharing website called Lifesnapz, Photogram simply delivers multiple photos via e-mail, Facebook (News - Alert) and Twitter in just one step. A highly intuitive user interface enables users to create “Groups” in order to reach desired recipients, all at once. For instance, I can make a group entitled, “Girls,” to send my group of girlfriends any amusing or laugh-inducing candids. Or, I can create a group for my parents to send the typical posed shots of my boyfriend and me in front of a historic building in Old San Juan. 

Users can send up to four photos at once in a Photogram, while also selecting among dozens of artist-created themes for a personalized touch. As Hand describes, “The result is a Photogram, a photo sharing experience that’s personalized and thoughtfully customized by you.”

Before I hop on that plane to paradise, I’m certainly adding this app to my collection of photo-sharing iPhone apps. To get my take on some other inspiring and functional apps that will surely spruce up your candid moments, click here.

Until next time, bon voyage to me!

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Tammy Wolf is a TMCnet web editor. She covers a wide range of topics, including IP communications and information technology. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell


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