Category Archives: photo

Why social beats search?

The title is a copy of a recent post by Fred Wilson, but the post is not :). The part that caught my attention in the post was the statement “it’s a lot harder to spam yourself into a social graph”. My personal view is that first of all, it is somewhat unfair to compare search with social since they solve vastly different problems. To me “Search equals Intent” whereas “Social equals Discovery“. When you really want to find something, the first thing you do…

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A low down on google swirl

When google announced a preview of google image swirl I was compelled to check it out. After all lifeblob is also in the business of photo discovery and it is always good to know what other companies are doing in this area. The preview is neatly built in flash and presents a very interesting visualization. This reminds me of a similiar visualization they did earlier for a “wonder wheel” view of navigating through search results. The part that I did not like though was that…

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Photo sites and social media

Reuters ran an article last week talking about how traditional photo sharing services are having a run for their money because users of social networking services are happy sharing photos over there. Very true! Infact, this is a repeat of the classic dilemma of reinvent or perish. The basic question to answer is – “Why do people share photos”? Two answers come to mind: 1) To show it to friends and family 2) For archiving, just in case you lose your hard drive full of…

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Photo management is an open problem

Today, I came across this post by Prof Ramesh Jain and I couldn’t agree more. A quick peek at the most popular photo management solutions today will tell you that it is still all about uploading your photos, organizing into albums and creating a slideshow. Flickr, to some extent lets you discover related stuff through tags, but thats pretty much it. To me, a photo management solution is about discovery, photos connecting with each other and navigating through the mesh of related photos. Add to…

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