Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Social Network on Mobile Phone

These days, it seems like every passing season adds another digit to the megapixel count of cameras on mobile phones. Even the most basic phones come with a VGA camera now. In fact, this has made life quite difficult for people who aren’t allowed to carry camera-equipped phones at their office.

Still, there’s reason so many phones are coming with cameras: it’s that people really like to click photographs.

Also, a lot of camera-touting users are quite Web-savvy, and have accounts on photo-sharing sites, blogs and social networks. ShoZu seeks to be a conduit to easily upload the pictures you click on your cell phone to your online life. What’s more, it’s compatible with almost every handset out there!

Setting it up is a bit of a process, but it’s worth while. For example, let us suppose you have a Flickr account. First, you go over to the ShoZu website, download the application compatible with your phone and install it. The site already supports accounts from a few popular photo sharing services, and Flickr is one among them – saving your trouble of registering all over again.

Run the application and proceed to you camera. Hold it up, click a picture and wait for just a second – there it is! Shozu’s dialogue box pops up, asking if you want to upload the just clicked photo to you Flickr page.

Now if you have multiple services to upload to, you can choose from a quick list that pops up: but if you’re a single service user, then you can even set ShoZu to automatically upload all pictures you click.

Apart from Flickr, it supports Picasa, Photobucket, Facebook, Twitter, TwitPic, Blogger, LiveJournal, Wordpress, YouTube, Friendster, etc. And you can add few email address too.

There are some additions you can make to the photo if you so desire. For starters, basic details can be added to the photo, such as title, tag, description, etc. And if you have a GPS enabled phone, then geo-tagging is supposed by the application.

Honestly, given the wide range of phones and services that it supports, it would be criminal not to have ShoZu installed on your handset.

Platform: Symbian, Windows mobile, iPhone, all Java based phones
Price: Free

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