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Using Pingster to Create Time Lapse Stories

Pingster - Time lapse Story

Pingster in not another Instagram

Pingster was designed to share experiences at places that stand out to us. Every spot in the universe has a story. Pingster enables us to share those stories. Winter, spring, summer and fall, over time, this shared visual imagery, turns into time lapse memories.

Unlike other photo sharing apps, Pingster was developed to showcase locations and share with everyone a visual experience. Not just for those people in our own social circle, Pingster does not require followers or hashtags. Just upload your geo-tagged images and they’ll be seen by all who pass by.

Imagine the possibilities!

Pingster - Time lapse Story

Take a photo by an old bridge on your first date. Come back at your first anniversary, at your engagement…or after your wedding. What about sharing photos at the site of your first job or child’s first birthday party? What will that photo mean to you years from now and what will that photo look like to those who are passing by?

As others begin to add their visual experiences into the mix, what impressions will they leave? Together, Pingster users will create stories about their towns and the places they visit: local coffee shops, abandoned churches, a pasture filled with wild flowers, college campuses, exotic beaches, and forgotten train tracks.

When you share on Pingster you are doing more than just uploading pictures and videos. You are sharing your visual experience and allowing others to connect. Designed as a GPS mobile app, Pingster users viewing your personal stories, are in striking distance to your media. Because they are close by, they will feel a sense of connection. Maybe these same users will share their own photos. Together you will weave a beautiful tapestry of shared experiences.

See, Click… Experience

If a Pingster user likes what they see in their image feed, they can click the little GPS man and Pingster will physically take them to exact location where the image was taken. Pingster is not about proving how popular we are but about demonstrating that we all have experiences that we want to share. Whether based on sadness, hope or joy, Pingster allows us to bring these visual memories to the world through our eyes and lens. Check out Pingster at www.pingster.info

Why Pingster Photo sharing differs from Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook

Photo Sharing with Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook

There are many photo sharing apps that we use daily, from Instagram to Snapchat. We use these apps to share images that are important in our daily lives to our social circles. Those with large social circles have an advanced reach, they are called “influencers” and their photos are weighted differently than everyone else. There is the downside in today’s popular photo sharing apps and that is regular folks without large followers are rarely seen in feeds outside their own network of immediate friends. If you fall in this category of people who love taking photos but find it hard to get any real traction, then you want to check out Pingster.

Photo Sharing with Pingster

Pingster was designed to be a photo sharing app, not a popularity contest. It is an app that equalizes the influencer experience by giving everyone’s photo the same ability to be seen. On Pingster, photos are not associated with accounts or hashtags. Instead, they are associated with GPS locations that enable them to be shared with other Pingster users. It doesn’t matter if you have 20 friends or 20,000 followers, we are all connected on Pingster. Pingster’s algorithm treats your photo with equal weight. Our app doesn’t just shift photos around a social circle, it connects people all over the world using GPS and geotagged imagery. With Pingster your can SEE IT, CLICK IT, and GO TO IT! You can physically connect to the images that are in your image feeds.

Photo Sharing with the World

Pingster's photo-sharing app serves a different market than Instagram. With Instagram it is a free for all for sharing photos and videos. With Pingster, every spot in the world has a story and the focus is to mark those spots. Pingster targets photo and video locations throughout the world. You will not lose anything by adding Pingster as one of your social channels. It’s a total net gain. Not only will you be able to share your story on Pingster, but with a simple click you can forward it to your Instagram and Facebook timelines. You get a 2 for 1 and expand your reach.

This app was made by people just like you who love taking and sharing photos and we encourage anyone to become a beta tester and help us fill the world with amazing images. Pingster enables users to physically connect to these images on the app. Check out Pingster at www.pingster.info

Traveling with Pingster

Most of us on the Pingster team are travel enthusiasts. Without Cloud technology and SIM cards, I’d be lost. I take so many photos while traveling that I sometimes wonder what else I did while on vacation, besides taking pictures. Like most of you, I share my photo memories with friends through Instagram and Facebook. One of the problems, with this type of social media sharing is there is a limit in the reach of your images. The mystery of who sees your images in their timelines has become a sensitive issue, because of the algorithms which make that decision for you. A guaranteed view of your images in these apps, means the extra step of someone having to search your profile directly.

Pingster is a photo sharing mobile app offering a whole new user experience, different than the rest. Pingster connects people to images based solely on the location of their mobile phone and not by followers and algorithms.

Photo Sharing with the World

Social apps promise you access to a world of users, however deliver limited access controlled by the algorithms, “Big Brother “ and ultimately driven by advertising. With Pingster it doesn’t matter if you are a celebrity or student studying Marine Biology, your photos of the ocean and beaches will be on display alongside that of everyone else’s-thus extending your reach and connections to a global level. Your photos of Bermuda or Alaska will sit on the same stream as those photos from the Kardashian’s. That is the power of Pingster.

Advertising with Pingster

There are multiple ways to advertise using Pingster and these opportunities will grow along with the app. Currently, the best way to advertise is simply to download the app and upload your photos. Share the app with others. Tell people to download Pingster. Like any other app, early adopters have advantages to using the platform. Not only will you have more photos on the app to share, but you will uncover new ways of using it that we haven’t even thought of ourselves!

Bringing Mobile Photography to the Next Level

There is a global obsession with mobile photography and photo-sharing. Purely based on statistics alone, we can say that most of us are out there sharing photos through text messages, Facebook, Instagram, and various other social tools. Sharing photos is a way of communicating experiences without writing a long essay. Images are for the most part self-explanatory. Photo sharing apps exist primarily because of the age-old expression, “One picture is worth a thousand words.” We don’t have to tell everyone about our trip to Italy in detail, we can post photos. Thanks to mobile photography we can take photos at any time; capture any moment. Photo sharing is our way of taking those moments and delivering them to the world in a way that defies words.

The Paradox of Instagram

Most of us join social networks to network and grow our reach. Unfortunately, unless you were an early adopter, a huge celebrity, or have a savvy social media team to help you expand that reach chances are you probably aren’t going to get very far on social channels like Instagram or Facebook. The gaining of followers and influence is paradoxical: you get followers by having followers. So what can an Instagram of Facebook newcomer expect? Very little from these channels and that is based on a design that mimics the superficiality of modern life.

But what if you could find a way to share photos with the world, view photos from other people, and grow networks without being rich, beautiful, or popular already?

The Power of Pingster

Pingster is the only photo-sharing channel that creates connections based on location, rather than popularity. That means that anyone can upload a photo with the potential to be seen by everyone in that network. Take a trip to Rome and upload photos at the Coliseum or at the tiny restaurant you got lunch at. Anyone with Pingster on their phone can view those photos simply by walking or driving into the area that the photo was taken or by searching on that particular location. Visit Hawaii and share your day at the beach using Pingster. Other people planning a trip to Hawaii will be able to tap into those photos when looking for their own vacation destination.

What makes Pingster even more exciting is that people who enjoy your photos can reach out and message you to ask about the location or photo. You have now made a new social connection based on nothing more than being in the “right place” at the right time.

Having Fun with Pingster

When we were designing our app, we realized quickly that people would come up with their own ideas on how to use the tool. Here is a partial list of the suggestions people came up with in our team meetings:

  • Instant Advertising-- A restaurant takes photos of the daily special so that everyone on Pingster who comes within the vicinity can view it
  • Scavenger hunts and geocaching-Take pictures of items or locations and upload them. Players must find the items or mimic the pictures based on clues
  • Big Year—Taking photos of the birds associated with your geographical region for the American Birding Association
  • Mardi Gras and other Parades—Share real time live events with the world
  • Send informal messages to the world—take a picture holding a sign and let people know what’s on your mind

There are so many different ways to interact with the app and other users and without the popularity restrictions of Instagram and Facebook and we’re certain our enterprising users will think of more.

The Positivity of Pingster

Lastly, we knew we wanted to find a way to not only develop social connections without the popularity contests of other apps but without the bullying and trolling that seem to go hand-in- hand with social channels. Because Pingster is location-based it is nearly impossible to chase and harass people based off of profiles or hashtags. That means people can feel free to upload photos without the fear of being belittled or critiqued by strangers. We designed our app to avoid those pitfalls, thus making it a safe and enjoyable playground for those who love mobile photography and photo-sharing.