Commentary From the Ruins of the Slacker Generation
Being an Android user, I don’t have access (yet) to the latest hot mobile app, namely Instagram. Instagram is essentially a mobile photography sharing service, with the obvious social networking appeal baked in. It’s been a huge hit on iOS and is supposedly making its way to Android, but there is no ETA. I like the idea of a social network based around photography, but while Instagram would be the obvious choice (a search through my social online friends showed a bunch who used it), the lack of an Android client puts a damper on things. And as I’m not one to wait until they port it (if ever), I started looking into alternatives.
For various sundry reasons, I chose Lightbox to test drive. It seems to have a decent amount of activity in the Android realm, the app looked to be well-reviewed, and I liked the clean, simple look of the site. Your pictures are uploaded and displayed as postcard-style postings. The Android app gives you options to tweak the pictures with various filters (though there are other apps with more options, such as Vignette). I’m still wondering how this would be different than say a Tumblr, other than it is specifically focused on pictures (whereas Tumblr is anything you want to throw at it… but you could obviously do just pictures). Or, I could just use this blog as an outlet for the same types of posts.
It is a neat way to share random pictures from your life, from either moody to humorous and everything in-between. Like my work phone apparently mocking my life choices below:
If you use Lightbox, Instagram, or any other similar services, I’d love to hear from you on what you like about them and what you tend to use them for.