Here’s something cool to contemplate as you brave the hump in the week: visual conversation. Picture sharing is everywhere—on Twitter, on various messaging services, on your cell phones.
Among the services supporting the movement is Radar, a small but rapidly growing photo sharing service. And by rapidly we mean that they just integrated with superstar Flickr, so growth is a-comin’ and it’s a-comin’ fast.
Life in Mobile Pictures
As the story goes, John Poisson, founder and CEO of Tiny Pictures (Tiny Pictures makes Radar) met Team Flickr at the O'Reilly Emerging Technology conference in Japan just before they launched what was to become the largest photo sharing service on the planet.
Perhaps inspired by the Flickr mission, Poisson founded his similar photo sharing service, but on the basis of a different flavor. Rather than focus on the entire spectrum of photos—high quality prints to Polaroid adventures—like Flickr does, Poisson’s service acts as an extension of the camera phone, and is meant to expose snapshots to your personal community immediately after they are taken.
Of course, there’s always the option to connect with the service through your desktop, but much like TwitPic, Radar is ultimately designed for on-the-go sharing. In fact, it’s so mobile specific that there isn’t even an option to upload photos directly from your computer (sending files from your e-mail works, though).
Otherwise, Radar pretty much operates the way you’d expect any photo sharing site to operate. Register, add photos, add friends, add comments, send messages, check out the most recent uploads from your community on your home page, etc.
With applications for the Blackberry, T-Mobile Sidekick and the iPhone among others, Radar gives visual voice to hundreds of thousands of mobile people, and boy, are they talking.
Keep Flickr Friends on Your Radar
Another obvious difference between the two services is that while Flickr is photo driven, Radar relies heavily on the activity within communities to stay afloat (why send photos from your phone out into e-space if nobody is going to comment on them, right?). Now that the two are combined, can you think of a photo sharing service that offers more? Yeah, neither can we.
Through integration, Radar is essentially acting as a real-time photo sharing Flickr application. No longer is conversation limited to sub-par camera phone photos. Now you can log into Radar with your phone and share, view, comment on, etc. whatever your Flickr friends toss into their stream.
Radar and Radar users alike just got lucky in a big way, but the partnership bodes well for both parties. As Poisson says, “Our goal here is simple: bring everything we've learned about real-time mobile browsing and conversation to the three billion photos on Flickr. More specifically, to help members of the Flickr community engage with each other—and with the members of our community—from their phones”
First Flickr, Next the Universe
As Poisson reports, there’s been a lot of chit chat in recent months about photo-sharing within other huge services like Twitter and Facebook. Conveniently, Radar is built in a way that would allow it to be integrated into such platforms. But just like the service itself, whether or not they make those moves is entirely dependent on community feedback.
So be a pal and register here if you haven’t already. Then come back and tell us what you think.