There's a new kid on the filtered photo app block by the name of Pressgram, I've been toying around with it for a couple of days and have a few thoughts and ideas on how to utilize this. I want to begin this post with the above image because it's the most important message I got from this app when reading and using it. Pressgram's mission is a good one and the advocacy for owning your photos and not trying to monetize any of your blurry selfies or awesome iPhoneography (currently iPhone only) shots is welcome. Sounds great and grand because I support that mindset but guess what else? You can now posts your photos (watermarked) straight to Wordpress both on self-hosted and Wordpress.com while still maintaining the social media aspect of Instagram and none of the Facebook mystery policies. So far I like what I see and can only hope for a higher and more populated ground for the app. First impressions of the app are mostly positive but as all new digital ventures have when launching, it still has a few kinks left to work out especially since many people are switching over and overloading servers and whatnot. The interface is sleek, clean and pleasing to the eye, the sharing is easy and has the usual Twitter/Facebook share. On the Wordpress share option you can add all your blogs and share to whichever blog you're posting to while still maintaining a presence in it's own network, you can even add tags and categories before the image is posted on your site. Interaction is ramping up and I can see this taking off in a very good way. I will continue to work with it and eventually come to a more concrete decision but I wanted to share what I've gotten so far within these two days of use, also wanted to note that the communication is excellent on Twitter. When you download the app be sure to follow WGMeets on there! What does it need?
- It lags a bit and a smoother experience is absolutely necessary if it wants to populate the network with the average user. - When sharing to Twitter I wish it didn't use the default upload Twitter pic service and use its proprietary network link like Flickr/Instagram/imgur. - A few helpful additions to the Wordpress posts option like body text or scheduling, also some more options for sharing to other networks and social services besides Instagram. - More image filters... because you can't ever have too much unless they're all the same haha.
What is it doing right?
- Image ownership and helping Photographers and regular joe's feel safe that there won't be any selling/using their images for any funny business. - Interface is smooth and it shows they payed more attention to typography instead of just sticking to thick cursives or Arial Bold to make a point. Kudos. - Maintaining a clear message of purpose and transparency to the consumer.
Who's it for?
- The iPhoneographer that's fed up with the whole Facebook/Instagram control - Wordpress users that want to own, share and post their images on their own website. - Anyone that enjoys shooting with their iPhone (I hear Android is coming sometime). - Someone looking for a fresh outlook and user interface with cleaner design within their social media.