|Angel, 2/06 |
Kristopher Tate, a 17 year old at the time, originally started Zooomr as a place for him to share photos with his friends in Japan. The site was made so it could be viewed in both English and Japanese.
In April of 2006 Zooomer was relaunched and the following month digital media enthusiast Thomas Hawk was hired on as Zooomr’s CEO.
Zooomr has continued to grow since then and now supports 18 localizations. For non English speakers, Zooomr may be the most compelling photo sharing option.
Zooomr 2008: Mobile SMS DemoAdded: 3/1/08
|Launch Date||March 1, 2006|
|Tags||photo-sharing, digital-photography, photos|
Despite regular comparisons to Flickr, Zooomr has a number of appealing features that the photo sharing giant doesn’t offer. Zooomr says they believe in “no limit photo sharing” which means they don’t place limits on bandwidth, uploads, downloads or file size.
The Zooomr Marketplace allows users to make money from photos they shoot. Prices can be set to between $1 to $1000 and are indexed in the marketplace for others to purchase.
Zooomr Zipline is best described as a multimedia version of Twitter, complete with SMS and Widget support. More than TXT, Zipline naturally supports photo sharing as well.
The site also offers geotagging via a mashup with Google maps. Zooomr has also created technology to help people understand when events are occurring, possibly via photos from users that don’t even know each other. When Zooomr sees photos being uploaded within a time window that are similarly geotagged, it assumes an event is occurring and groups those photos accordingly. The only difficult part of all of this is that it takes a lot of time for a user to associate location information with a photoÃ¢â‚¬Â¦and that means many users won’t do it.
While the site has grown significantly and has added many features, it remains focused on making language a non-issue. Zooomr is now available in 18 different localizations.