When Mixed Media Labs raised a $5 million round last November, it raised quite a few eyebrows. After all, the money came from Andreessen Horowitz, the VC firm which had backed Instagram. To be fair, they backed Instagram when it was still known as Burbn — before it became what is now a massively popular mobile photo-sharing app. Still, there’s no question that Mixed Media Labs’ PicPlz product… → Read More
Don’t sleep on the mini mobile photo sharing battle that is going to take place at SXSW this year — the companies involved aren’t. Following updates to PicPlz and Instagram, Path has just rolled out a significant update to their iPhone app. It brings four key things: Facebook sharing, lenses, an activity stream, and a new friend suggestion tool.
Of these, the connection with Facebook is clearly… → Read More
For all the talk of group messaging apps being the breakout hits at SXSW this year, most people are overlooking another genre: mobile photo-sharing apps. But that’s probably because a few of those apps already are pretty big hits. Take Instagram, for example. The app already has well over 2 million users, even though it’s not even six months old yet. For some context, when Foursquare successfully… → Read More
Social photo sharing app picplz is preparing to roll out an update to both its Android and iPhone apps that will add the ability to create collections of photos. The feature is already live on its Website. Under every photo, next to the like button there is now an “add to collection” button. You can photos to existing collections or create new collections. For example, here is a collection of… → Read More
We’ve all walked down the street and seen someone with a weird tattoo and thought, “they’re going to regret that later”. What may seem cool at the time, might not seem so cool years from now. Is it possible that the current crop of mobile photo filters will lead to the same type of regret? PicPlz clearly thinks it’s possible.
Last week, we noted that mobile photo-sharing app PicPlz rolled out a bunch of improvements to their app in an effort to better compete with rival Instagram. Sadly, that new polish was only for their iPhone app at the time. But today brings good news for Android fans: the same features! And there’s a bonus too: PicPlz is now accepting applications for access to their API.
PicPlz has more about… → Read More
As many of you are well aware, I write about a photo sharing service, Instagram, quite a bit. In my opinion, they’ve hit the right combination of speed, utility, and fun within a mobile photo app. And while they’re growing fast, they’re hardly the only player in the space. In fact, there are dozens of rivals in Apple’s App Store alone. Of those, arguably the most direct rival right now is PicPlz. → Read More
What do NPR, NBC News, Playboy, Pepsi, CNN, Starbucks, Grammys, and David Blaine all have in common? They’ve all recently signed up for Instagram. Yes, the mobile photo sharing service. And there’s apparently a plan beyond simply sharing filtered pictures with fans.
For now, that plan appears to be engagement. For example, when Starbucks unveiled their new logo a few weeks ago, they immediately… → Read More
Yesterday morning, Foursquare pushed out a big update to their iPhone app that included the ability to add pictures to check-ins for the first time. This functionality matches the one that rival Gowalla has had for some time now — 9 months, actually. And today, Gowalla hit a milestone with pictures: 1 million. But signs point to Foursquare closing in on that number quickly. Very… → Read More
Earlier this month, location-based service Gowalla went on the offensive against rival Foursquare — by linking up with them. Yes, they created a way for you to use Gowalla to check-in on Foursquare (and Facebook). Why would they do that? Because they said that users told them they felt the Gowalla experience was better, but many of their friends were already using Foursquare. So what did that… → Read More
Editor’s note: As the Web goes mobile, every Web company needs to build mobile products. Author Elad Gil, director of Geo at Twitter, has a lot of experience in that area. Way before selling his company Mixer Labs to Twitter last year, he kickstarted Google’s mobile efforts back in 2004, when Google’s mobile team “consisted of 1/4 of an engineer dedicated to maintaining an old WAP search server… → Read More
Today during the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, DailyBooth CEO Brian Pokorny took the stage to talk a bit about “picture talking” — that is, social communication through photos. Obviously, Pokorny believes this is a key form of communication amongst the younger generation. But he’s not the only one. Mobile photo sharing apps are getting a lot of buzz and gaining a lot of users now.
But Pokorny… → Read More
It’s a strict rule in the venture business that you don’t fund two direct competitors, for obvious reasons. There’s a massive difference between the valuation of the number one player in the market (think YouTube) and the number two player (think any of the other hundreds of online video companies launched in the mid-2000s). It’s in a venture capitalist’s best interest to make his presence on a… → Read More
Mixed Media Labs, the developers of social photo sharing service Picplz, has just raised $5 million in new funding from Andreessen Horowitz. Marc Andreessen will be joining the startup’s board of directors
Developed by Imeem execs Dalton Caldwell and Bryan Berg, Picplz aims to be a dead simple way for users to share the photos they take on the phone on the web. Pictures taken with picplz are… → Read More
Over the last six months we’ve been tracking the progress of Picplz, a service that aims to make sharing your photos as easy as possible: point, shoot, upload and you’re done. The service was created by former imeem executives Dalton Caldwell and Bryan Berg and launched an early Android app in May, followed by an iPhone app in August — between them the apps have over 100,000 downloads.
But… → Read More
For about the past six months or so, I’ve been using an app called Burbn. Despite being in stealth mode, the app attracted quite a bit of buzz as it was in the location space and built entirely in HTML5. Oh, and the $500,000 investment from Baseline Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz helped gather interest as well. But it turns out Burbn was a red herring of sorts. Or perhaps more appropriately… → Read More
We’ve written about the launch of Picplz, a photo-sharing application being developed by imeem execs Dalton Caldwell and Bryan Berg. The startup initially rolled out an Android app earlier this year and today is debuting its free iPhone app in the App Store.
Similar to the Android app, Picplz for the iPhone wants to be a dead simple way for users to share the photos they take on the phone on the… → Read More
The service is still in closed early testing, but early adopter types can now download it from the Android Marketplace and create an account. Once you have an account you’ll get access to the web version as well. Note that… → Read More
New online photo and location service Picplz, being developed by imeem execs Dalton Caldwell and Bryan Berg, is still far from being fully baked. But people who are determined to get an early look at the new service will soon have a way to do so – if they have an Android phone.
Think of picplz as a photo-based foursquare. You can use it as a simple publishing tool for a photo stream – think… → Read More
There are two financing rumors buzzing through Silicon Valley this week. The first is the huge Groupon funding which we wrote about yesterday. The second, on the other end of the scale dollar-wise, is the new startup created by Imeem execs Dalton Caldwell, Bryan Berg and Ali Aydar. The corporate name of the company is Mixed Media Labs, but the go live service, we hear, is picplz. As in, Pictures… → Read More