Bubbleshare Albums impress

I’m on Skype with the ever passionate Albert Lai, founder of Bubbleshare right now. I keep giving him heck “how are you better than Flickr?” I ask.

He answers: check out my new album on my blog. Now THAT is cool!

Even better, Bubbleshare is holding a storytelling contest. You use his new album technology to tell a story. Here’s one entrant who is telling a story for children.

I’m off to try this out.

34 thoughts on “Bubbleshare Albums impress

  1. Jake, this comment is more than a year old… and I’ve already actually sold the company a few months ago… but seeing as this is actually being index on google, and I didn’t see your follow up comments on my rather rude note to you – I’d just like to clear up one thing “for the google record” — you’re right, and thank you for the commentary/thoughts. The free criticisms are well taken… albeit I got them late. 1 year and 4 months late. =)

    Thank god somebody cared about BubbleShare and it WAS sold for a few buckaroos. ;)

    If you ever get this comment Jake (you are annon, so i have no way of reaching you, let me buy you a beer if you’re ever in Toronto. =)

    This feels like a message in a bottle… very strange. But I needed to do this for the google record. ;)

  2. Jake, this comment is more than a year old… and I’ve already actually sold the company a few months ago… but seeing as this is actually being index on google, and I didn’t see your follow up comments on my rather rude note to you – I’d just like to clear up one thing “for the google record” — you’re right, and thank you for the commentary/thoughts. The free criticisms are well taken… albeit I got them late. 1 year and 4 months late. =)

    Thank god somebody cared about BubbleShare and it WAS sold for a few buckaroos. ;)

    If you ever get this comment Jake (you are annon, so i have no way of reaching you, let me buy you a beer if you’re ever in Toronto. =)

    This feels like a message in a bottle… very strange. But I needed to do this for the google record. ;)

  3. I cannot get BubbleShare to work with IE7: when the second photo is about to be presented (I guess) it crashes. I tried all of the samples posted in this comments thread.

  4. Gee, Albert. You really don’t know a flame.

    I offered several basic criticisms – for free.

    1) through some act of God, you got this Stowe visit bubbleshare pointed to by Scoble. As a first look at a bubbleshare album, all I saw was bad cellphone camera photos with partial narration. What do you see with that album? Your worst work is not your best tool for marketing.

    2) Jeneane pointed at the home page. Better photos. I again criticized the audio. Listen to it. Listen to the narration for the second photo. It sounds like Jeneane is making a private phone call that she doesn’t want her neighbor to hear. What do you see and hear with that album?

    3) I offered an overall comment on the product. A nice feature of the Flickr context widget is the overall count of photos in the set – position information. Time – even your friend’s time – is a non-free commitment. Tell your friends what you’re setting them up for.

    Fix copy on your website like this: “Should the Photocast change iPhoto will download the latest application.”

    If you want a flame, then go ahead and simply ignore these free criticisms and add “ran Bubbleshare (nobody cared, no buckaroos)” to your glorious list of accomplishments.

  5. Gee, Albert. You really don’t know a flame.

    I offered several basic criticisms – for free.

    1) through some act of God, you got this Stowe visit bubbleshare pointed to by Scoble. As a first look at a bubbleshare album, all I saw was bad cellphone camera photos with partial narration. What do you see with that album? Your worst work is not your best tool for marketing.

    2) Jeneane pointed at the home page. Better photos. I again criticized the audio. Listen to it. Listen to the narration for the second photo. It sounds like Jeneane is making a private phone call that she doesn’t want her neighbor to hear. What do you see and hear with that album?

    3) I offered an overall comment on the product. A nice feature of the Flickr context widget is the overall count of photos in the set – position information. Time – even your friend’s time – is a non-free commitment. Tell your friends what you’re setting them up for.

    Fix copy on your website like this: “Should the Photocast change iPhoto will download the latest application.”

    If you want a flame, then go ahead and simply ignore these free criticisms and add “ran Bubbleshare (nobody cared, no buckaroos)” to your glorious list of accomplishments.

  6. I’m just being trolled into this one, but…

    BigMac, find me a developer that can build bubbleshare in a couple of hours, and I will give him half the company.

    Find me a student that can build BubbleShare in a day, and I will hire as many as you can find, and give you a 100% of their annual salary as a fee.

    Jeneane, don’t bother with Jake… he’s obviously a flame baiting.

  7. I’m just being trolled into this one, but…

    BigMac, find me a developer that can build bubbleshare in a couple of hours, and I will give him half the company.

    Find me a student that can build BubbleShare in a day, and I will hire as many as you can find, and give you a 100% of their annual salary as a fee.

    Jeneane, don’t bother with Jake… he’s obviously a flame baiting.

  8. @Jeneane – you should get this Stowe demo flushed away, then. It is awful.

    Your demo has nice photos, but the audio quality is mediocre. It also sounded as if you were recording in a cubicle and you didn’t want your neighbors to hear you.

    Something lacking is a sense of position in the album + narration. Even if the recipient is a friend or family, you should let them know what sort of commitment they will be making (in images and time) to view the album and listen to the narration.

  9. @Jeneane – you should get this Stowe demo flushed away, then. It is awful.

    Your demo has nice photos, but the audio quality is mediocre. It also sounded as if you were recording in a cubicle and you didn’t want your neighbors to hear you.

    Something lacking is a sense of position in the album + narration. Even if the recipient is a friend or family, you should let them know what sort of commitment they will be making (in images and time) to view the album and listen to the narration.

  10. Albert,
    ipod, itunes, skype, google and co. are not just “ideas”. They’re really hard pieces of work. I mean things like bubbleshare (sorry it’s not personally) is really a good idea, but are something every student can do in a day (and a good developer in a couple of hours). Just a great idea is what 1999-2001 worked fine. Now it’s simply not enough… IMHO..

  11. Albert,
    ipod, itunes, skype, google and co. are not just “ideas”. They’re really hard pieces of work. I mean things like bubbleshare (sorry it’s not personally) is really a good idea, but are something every student can do in a day (and a good developer in a couple of hours). Just a great idea is what 1999-2001 worked fine. Now it’s simply not enough… IMHO..

  12. If you want people to look at your app, put up a better demo. Maybe extend your passion to a camera.

    I can’t appreciate the app at all (nor even tell if it’s anything helpful) when I’m flipping through a lame narration of lame cellphone photos.

  13. If you want people to look at your app, put up a better demo. Maybe extend your passion to a camera.

    I can’t appreciate the app at all (nor even tell if it’s anything helpful) when I’m flipping through a lame narration of lame cellphone photos.

  14. (yep, I’m too “passionate” for my own good i think…
    i’m taking gonna take the bait… ;)

    BigMac:

    A laptop hard drive that stores and plays music, what’s so cool about that? (ipod)

    A website that allow you to buy music, what’s so cool about that? (itunes)

    A program that lets you use your computer like a telephone to talk to friends for free, whats so cool about that? (skype)

    Before the Ipod was the Nomad. Before iTunes there were napster/real/emusic, etc. Before Skype there was DialPad, etc. (I recognized there is a difference in tech between some of the examples)

    There’s no way I’m going to even PRETEND that BubbleShare is half as cool as those revolutionary technologies. But what I will say is that, what makes those innovations cool — and what makes BubbleShare, IMHO, “cool” — is..

    USER EXPERIENCE DESIGN (NOT JUST TECHNOLOGY)

    We didn’t set out to build BubbleShare to have the coolest technology around, and use every AJAX enabled special FX under the sun. It was about solving a problem. My mom and others like her had problems sharing photos with her family and friends. Existing solutions were confusing and frustrating for novices, with a variety of limitations due to a number of different reasons (business model, demographic/focus, etc.).

    BubbleShare is all about providing a great user experience for those that are frustrated or simply can’t fully grasp existing more complex solutions. First and foremost, we’re hoping that computer novices, a category that dominates the majority of the internet population, can use BubbleShare to create, personalize and share their stories & digital assets as transparently and easily as possible.

    FWIW, i dunno if we have a killer app (heck, I’d say we’re far from it… well, at least with what’s public today ;) .. but I’m happy to know that everyday we have folks telling us how much happier they are with the BubbleShare user experience than anything else they’ve used before.

  15. (yep, I’m too “passionate” for my own good i think…
    i’m taking gonna take the bait… ;)

    BigMac:

    A laptop hard drive that stores and plays music, what’s so cool about that? (ipod)

    A website that allow you to buy music, what’s so cool about that? (itunes)

    A program that lets you use your computer like a telephone to talk to friends for free, whats so cool about that? (skype)

    Before the Ipod was the Nomad. Before iTunes there were napster/real/emusic, etc. Before Skype there was DialPad, etc. (I recognized there is a difference in tech between some of the examples)

    There’s no way I’m going to even PRETEND that BubbleShare is half as cool as those revolutionary technologies. But what I will say is that, what makes those innovations cool — and what makes BubbleShare, IMHO, “cool” — is..

    USER EXPERIENCE DESIGN (NOT JUST TECHNOLOGY)

    We didn’t set out to build BubbleShare to have the coolest technology around, and use every AJAX enabled special FX under the sun. It was about solving a problem. My mom and others like her had problems sharing photos with her family and friends. Existing solutions were confusing and frustrating for novices, with a variety of limitations due to a number of different reasons (business model, demographic/focus, etc.).

    BubbleShare is all about providing a great user experience for those that are frustrated or simply can’t fully grasp existing more complex solutions. First and foremost, we’re hoping that computer novices, a category that dominates the majority of the internet population, can use BubbleShare to create, personalize and share their stories & digital assets as transparently and easily as possible.

    FWIW, i dunno if we have a killer app (heck, I’d say we’re far from it… well, at least with what’s public today ;) .. but I’m happy to know that everyday we have folks telling us how much happier they are with the BubbleShare user experience than anything else they’ve used before.

  16. Microsoft Photo Story is super cool (IMHO: if you can look pass some of the interface issues). But its gone tons of great little features, and yes, its also free. =)

    But then again:
    (1) you’d have to download photo story
    (2) install it
    (3) run it, learn the UI, render the .WMV, and then
    (4) find a way to host it, and then
    (5) notify your friends of it somehow, after you’ve hosted it somewhere

    Vs. BubbleShare:
    (0) no registration required

    (1) upload photos directly from the front page (and add voice captions directly via the web)

    (2) forward the link we sent into your email box to friends (taking advantage of course, your email address book)

    BTW: we also support multi-file batch uploads via Flash8 uploading for FireFox and Mac users, and ActiveX with Windows

  17. Microsoft Photo Story is super cool (IMHO: if you can look pass some of the interface issues). But its gone tons of great little features, and yes, its also free. =)

    But then again:
    (1) you’d have to download photo story
    (2) install it
    (3) run it, learn the UI, render the .WMV, and then
    (4) find a way to host it, and then
    (5) notify your friends of it somehow, after you’ve hosted it somewhere

    Vs. BubbleShare:
    (0) no registration required

    (1) upload photos directly from the front page (and add voice captions directly via the web)

    (2) forward the link we sent into your email box to friends (taking advantage of course, your email address book)

    BTW: we also support multi-file batch uploads via Flash8 uploading for FireFox and Mac users, and ActiveX with Windows

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