November 30, 2009 in Photo and Video (E)
[prMac.com] San Francisco, California - Location-based photo sharing service Clixtr just launched the Clixtr web application. The Clixtr iPhone application launched at TechCrunch50 in September 2009 and is now free. The corresponding web service is now available to the public for the first time. A talented group of MIT and Stanford grads created the Clixtr platform which turns smartphones into smartcameras.
Clixtr allows users to create geo-tagged events and upload mobile photos. Using the iPhone GPS, Clixtr users create instant, location-aware, group photo albums. Clixtr users primarily add photos through the iPhone application, but the newly released website allows anyone to contribute. The real-time platform allows people to follow and contribute to events as they happen around the corner and around the world. Before, only iPhone users could view and participate in Clixtr events. Clixtr CEO Fergus Hurley says, "Not only can you use the Clixtr iPhone app to view and share real-time event photos, now you can invite people who don't have an iPhone to view and contribute at Clixtr."
Clixtr recognizes the implications of the convergence of devices, "We see people using the camera on their smartphone instead of their point-and-shoot camera," says Hurley, "The mobile camera knows where you are, knows your friend's contact details, and it is always with you." Clixtr leverages these capabilities to create what they call, "the Ultimate Social Camera."
Dedicated early users include the Stanford football coaches. Clixtr product manager and recent Stanford graduate, Fiona O'Donnell-McCarthy, gave beta invitations to players on the Stanford team. Players showed head coach Jim Harbaugh the Clixtr app and, "The next day I had an e-mail from Harbaugh asking if he could participate in the beta," O'Donnell-McCarthy says. Since then, he and his coaching staff have been documenting their season in real-time from the sidelines, behind the scenes, and on the road.
Incorporated in 2008, Clixtr received seed funding from top-tier venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson in March 2009. Clixtr is based in San Francisco, California. The Clixtr iPhone app is available in the iPhone App Store and the newly released web service is available at Clixtr online.
Clixtr turns smartphones into smartcameras by leveraging location based technologies and the rapidly improving quality of camera phones. Clixtr users create events, upload mobile photos, and, for the first time ever, create real-time event photo streams with the users around them. Photos and events are public and can be followed live on the web or directly on mobile devices. By creating an instant, location-aware mobile photo sharing platform, Clixtr enables real-time event browsing by location or popularity. Users can follow and contribute to events as they happen around the corner and around the world. Clixtr is the ultimate social camera. Copyright (C) 2009 Clixtr. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.