First Impressions of

app.netIt’s been two weeks now and I have been exploring and using casually. So, what are my first impressions of

Like so many I bought a membership and by now a lot of people are posting and reposting.
Some got an account but are not very active yet.
Some have jumped on the new network like a tick on a passing wildebeast in the dry season.

The ‘@’ and the ‘#’

My feeling about is that is resembles Twitter the most. Sure, we have more characters (140 vs. 256), but the basic premise looks the same.
The ‘@’ and the ‘#’ are being used profusely and the ‘My Stream’ and ‘Global Stream’ would look quite similar too, to a quick passer by.

I do feel, in light of the recent Twitter APIcalypse, where they grab everything the developers created, that the use of these symbols is a bit revolutionary.
Twitter closes ranks on the API and 3rd party apps (although we’d still be able to use most of them), so we move to a new network and we use the ‘@’ and the ‘#’, because they do not belong to Twitter. They belong to we the people.

By the way, if you have something to tell which takes more than 256 characters, just reply to your own post.

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Three years since I started posting a picture on Flickr every day. Sometimes I forgot, but only a hand full of times, but I posted something anyway.

Only two rules.., the picture had to be taken with my iPhone and in portrait.
Later, when an app became availble for the 3G I shot some video too. When the iPhone 4 came out, shooting video in portrait was no longer an option. The 1280 x 720 resolution was too slim compared to the 640 x 480, it just looked silly.


Now.., because it has been three years I thought I would change things. Instagram does a great job at reproducing the world in a 1 to 1 ratio, a square ratio. More and more apps are playing along and it does look attractive. Furthermore, it gives me more freedom and more options.., and my photostream stays nice and tidy.
I searched for an app that could shoot square video and ToyCineCam does just that.


I think it looks quite good…