There are dozens upon dozens of apps interested in your photo creation and sharing habits, but very few focus on the consumption of photos. Meet Divvy, an iOS app that lets you combine all of your social feeds (for now Facebook and Instagram) into one collective photo stream.
You can filter between the two social networks, of course, but that’s just the start. Divvy also lets you share photos from those feeds (or your own) with individuals, groups of friends, or based on proximity like at a party or concert. See, Divvy is one of the only apps that lets you save Instagram photos in full resolution to your phone, and the same is true for Facebook photos.
And even if you don’t want to save the photos, you can click in and zoom, which is something that’s always been a slight bother with Instagram.
The Divvy team is based out of Austin, and competed in our TC Austin Meetup + Pitch-off (see pitch here), but that’s not where their journey begins.
Co-founders Jeremy Greenfield and Kayvon Olomi started pitching their idea out of a 1973 VW Camper on a trip from Tulsa to the NY Tri-state area, and then to Denver. It was a road show, if you will, but it’s also an entirely new way of thinking about sharing.
“Photos are worth 1000 words,” said Jeremy Greenfield. “I found myself only checking Facebook for the photos and not caring about status updates. Obviously Instagram is huge because everyone loves photos and it’s super easy to scan through and check up on your friends – without needing to devote all of your attention to it.”
Photo-sharing apps like Days are taking the idea of bite-sized snackable photos in real-time and turning it into more of a long-form story, and even negotiating that asynchronous sharing is more rewarding. And the idea of privacy and ephemeral messaging is obviously on everyone’s mind, with apps like Snapchat blowing up, and other private photo-sharing apps popping up like PhotoSocial.
But Divvy’s ability to both share and consume in a friendly fun environment could throw an interesting wrench in the photo-sharing space. And the founders expect to eventually add the ability to share from multiple feeds, too, to create a one-stop shop.
It’s also worth noting how well this lines up with Bijoy Goswami’s comments in his fireside chat. The entrepreneurial evangelist explained that Austin doesn’t necessarily build technological tools, but that it uses those tools to build out businesses based on passion.
I don’t know about you, but I get real passionate when I’m screen-capping, cropping, and fiddling with an Instagram picture I want to save, and my mom feels the same way every time I show her an Instagram pic and she tries to zoom in.
Divvy is available now on the App Store.