“On an individual level, the one-a-day approach is great fun and a simple way to keep a record of your life. But multiply that up into millions of people around the world and a truly collective human history begins to emerge.” – Gordon
This week our Social Media team managed to catch up with Gordon from Blipfoto. Over an engaging half an hour we discussed about various topics ranging from what makes Blipfoto stand out to why the name Blipfoto. Read the full interview below
Q. What was the inspiration behind starting this venture?
A. Like all the best things, Blipfoto is based on an incredibly simple idea: taking and sharing just one photo a day. It started out as a personal project of photographer Joe Tree, a challenge to take more photos and keep a record of his life, but quickly went viral.
Q. How would you describe your app and concept to be different from other similar applications such as Instagram and Adobe Revel?
A. The number of photos people take has grown at an incredible rate, but the care with which we preserve our most precious moments has diminished just as fast. By curating your photos and choosing just one a day – the photo that best shows your day – by writing a bit about it, tagging it and plotting it on a map, you slowly build up an amazing story. Your story. A story that you can look back on… That’s the problem we solve – Blipfoto gives your throwaway moments of today much more significance in the future.
Q. Do you plan to employ any specific tactic to ensure that the users diligently upload a photo a day?
A. Blipfoto uses the EXIF Data of the photos that are being uploaded to post a photo against a relevant date on the calendar.
Q. Are you planning something new that the community is unaware of yet?
A. Our global community is very important to us. It’s one of the things that makes Blipfoto special. So, we’re always planning new things to make Blipfoto even better. However, we like to try and keep the global community up to date with what’s going on as soon as we are able to, so they’ll be the first to know when we introduce any new features or ideas.
Q. Why the name Blipfoto?
A. Why are you called Swapmyapp? :o)
Q. The concept sure does bring the users closer to like-minded people. However, to connect with them better are you planning integration with other apps such as Facebook or Foursquare?
A. Blipfoto already allows users to set up their journals to automatically share to Facebook and Twitter.
Q. Or the ability to add people as friends and have groups and view feeds from them?
A. Yup! Blipfoto already allows you to “subscribe” to other people’s Blip Journals. And also allows you to view just those that you are subscribed to. (As well as a whole load of other ways to navigate around the App and the site as you want to!)
Q. Where do you see the concept about five years from now?
A. We want to be the place the world tells its story.
On an individual level, the one-a-day approach is great fun and a simple way to keep a record of your life. But multiply that up into millions of people around the world and a truly collective human history begins to emerge.
Our format means people self-curate, but it also encourages them to write about their photos, tag them, and pin them to a map. That magical combination of carefully considered memories connected to time and place makes understanding our collective experiences quite easy. We’re already seeing this with big world events. And last year the British Library saw it too – they now archive our content every day, because of its immense value to future historians. The idea that someone will be able to look back in 50 or 100 years and see what we were doing, thinking and feeling is pretty unique in social media. That’s one of the most exciting aspects of what we do.
Q. For enthusiasts do you plan to tag photos on the camera used or the photographic lens?
A. We already do for the website. We decided not to include this on the App for the time being (for simplicity) – however, it’s not something we’d rule out in the future.
Q. Any advice for people who’ve just joined?
A. While Blipfoto’s “one a day”, it doesn’t have to be “every day”… It’s just a fantastic and meaningful way to save your life! While it can be instantly gratifying, it’s not just about instant gratification. It’s about creating something great.