Monday, February 27, 2006

We're NOT BETTER than Flickr. We're JUST DIFFERENT. (AKA: Repost of Stuff I wrote on Scoble's Comment Box...)

Its 5:30AM, and I'm strangely still up, and hacking away... because : (1) for some reason i can't sleep, (2) i've still gotta finish packing for my trip to the bay area (btw, if anyone would like to connect, I'm thinking of setting up a small ad hoc geek dinner...), (3) i'm insane (as as a result also took the bait on one of the comments below). The good thing is that I get to sleep on the flight down to SFO. So I guess I'll make up for the sleep then. If i don't get to blog again, I look forward to seeing some of you at the IBD Network Under the Radar event!

Here's the comment thread form this kind posting from Robert Scoble's Blog:

8 Comments »

  1. this is a killer app. Bubbleshare is kewl..!!

    Comment by /pd — February 26, 2006 @ 11:47 am | Edit This

  2. We’re not better than Flickr. I think Flickr rocks.

    We’re just different. I’d like to think we’re more like a “Flickr for Mums.” =)

    Comment by Albert Lai — February 26, 2006 @ 11:49 am | Edit This

  3. If you want to see the Children’s album directly, just go here:
    http://bubbleshare.com/album/14622/photoframe

    Comment by Albert Lai — February 26, 2006 @ 12:01 pm | Edit This

  4. but can’t you do the same with Microsoft Photo Story? Then you can upload it to blip.tv? Just playing devils advocate.

    Comment by Richard j Smith — February 26, 2006 @ 1:30 pm | Edit This

  5. Microsoft Photo Story is super cool (IMHO: if you can look pass some of the interface issues). But its gone tons of great little features, and yes, its also free. =)

    But then again:
    (1) you’d have to download photo story
    (2) install it
    (3) run it, learn the UI, render the .WMV, and then
    (4) find a way to host it, and then
    (5) notify your friends of it somehow, after you’ve hosted it somewhere

    Vs. BubbleShare:
    (0) no registration required

    (1) upload photos directly from the front page (and add voice captions directly via the web)

    (2) forward the link we sent into your email box to friends (taking advantage of course, your email address book)

    BTW: we also support multi-file batch uploads via Flash8 uploading for FireFox and Mac users, and ActiveX with Windows

    Comment by Albert Lai — February 26, 2006 @ 2:06 pm | Edit This

  6. Don’t forget though, that you can use rss enclosures and make it downloadable via a podcatcher and people can see it on their Pocket Pc or other portable device.

    Comment by Richard j Smith — February 26, 2006 @ 4:35 pm | Edit This

  7. What’s so cool about that? A sound on a page? But that doesn’t make an app a killer app. IMHO it’s really just a bubble…

    Comment by BigMac — February 27, 2006 @ 12:58 am | Edit This

  8. (yep, I’m too “passionate” for my own good i think…
    i’m taking gonna take the bait… ;)

    BigMac:

    A laptop hard drive that stores and plays music, what’s so cool about that? (ipod)

    A website that allow you to buy music, what’s so cool about that? (itunes)

    A program that lets you use your computer like a telephone to talk to friends for free, whats so cool about that? (skype)

    Before the Ipod was the Nomad. Before iTunes there were napster/real/emusic, etc. Before Skype there was DialPad, etc. (I recognized there is a difference in tech between some of the examples)

    There’s no way I’m going to even PRETEND that BubbleShare is half as cool as those revolutionary technologies. But what I will say is that, what makes those innovations cool — and what makes BubbleShare, IMHO, “cool” — is..

    USER EXPERIENCE DESIGN (NOT JUST TECHNOLOGY)

    We didn’t set out to build BubbleShare to have the coolest technology around, and use every AJAX enabled special FX under the sun. It was about solving a problem. My mom and others like her had problems sharing photos with her family and friends. Existing solutions were confusing and frustrating for novices, with a variety of limitations due to a number of different reasons (business model, demographic/focus, etc.).

    BubbleShare is all about providing a great user experience for those that are frustrated or simply can’t fully grasp existing more complex solutions. First and foremost, we’re hoping that computer novices, a category that dominates the majority of the internet population, can use BubbleShare to create, personalize and share their stories & digital assets as transparently and easily as possible.

    FWIW, i dunno if we have a killer app (heck, I’d say we’re far from it… well, at least with what’s public today ;) .. but I’m happy to know that everyday we have folks telling us how much happier they are with the BubbleShare user experience than anything else they’ve used before.

    Comment by Albert Lai — February 27, 2006 @ 2:36 am | Edit This

1 comment:

  1. Hi Nice Blog .I've made up my mind: I'm gonna buy an MP3 player. I just don't know which one. I like the Ipod batteries, but do I really need something that small?

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