Finally, my iPhone will start making me some money! How? Gigwalk. It’s a relatively new app that I learned about from an article in the Los Angeles Times, so it’s been around a bit and earned some high-profile, credibility-establishing attention. That’s important for something promising to make you money. How does it work? You download the app, sign up through Facebook or create your own login, then start looking for gigs. I live in Philadelphia in Center City, and there are hundreds of available gigs. What are the gigs? They can vary, but it seems the vast majority involve visiting a business and taking pictures and answering some questions about the place. The gigs pay from $3 to $90, but most of the ones I clicked on were in the $5 to $7 range. However, as you gain experience and prove to be reliable, more lucrative gigs await. Maybe! Here’s what a user had to say to the Times: More
Yis Goodwin, better known as Nose Go in Philadelphia street-art circles, has been busy designing characters and backgrounds for a developing mobile-app game called Catball. It is currently a Kickstarter project with 18 days to go to reach its goal of $4,000 in funding. You can watch the demo video here. I’m not much of a mobile gaming guy, but I like Nose Go’s art. He got a lot of attention recently from the popular Tyson Bees food truck, which he painted in his crazy, colorful style. I met him sometime in 2007 or ‘08 while I was researching a documentary of Philadelphia graffiti. He is more gallery than street these days, and his next canvas may be your iPhone, iPad and Android (and maybe even Xbox Live and PS3).
Yesterday I wrote about Postagram, the app and website that lets you turn your Instagram photos into postcards that you mail to friends, family, or yourself. I’ve already mailed four. I also was going to mention the proliferation of everything “insta” and “gram,” but ran out of time. Here’s a partial list of what’s out there: Mapstagram, Inkstagram, Insta-great, Instabam, Instagallery, Extragram, Webstagram, and Instagrid. Just like Twitter has its “Twittersphere” or “Twitterverse” of apps and websites, Instagram is fast becoming its own center of gravity for app and web developers. Instagram launched in October and was an immediate sensation. It was fun, easy to use, and free. It is now reportedly adding 130,000 users a week. Instagram opened its APIs (application programming interface) to developers in February, and the instas and the grams have been rolling out ever since. The most interesting is Mapstagram, which shows Instagram photos being uploaded in real time on a Google map of the United States. You can zoom in to any part of the country to see photos popping up in different corners of your community. It’s illustrative of how pervasive and active Instagram has become, and, according to this blog post by Mapstagram’s developer, how easy these things are to create if you know what you’re doing.
I liked this idea as soon as I read about it today: Send postcards of your Instagram photos for 99 cents each. Sharing photos on your phone is fun, but having an easy option to send somebody a print in the form of a quality postcard makes perfect sense. I want to do it and 99 cents is that magical price point, just like with apps and even eBooks. So now we have Postagram. I downloaded the free app and sent my first Postagram this morning to a mutual Instagram follower and Twitter friend. Because I got the app within the first 24 hours of release I got a free one to send. I just sent a second one to see what a pay one is like. I put in my credit card information, which you only do once, and I was done. Simple and easy. Of course, you can send them to yourself and I’ll be doing that shortly. All that’s left is to get some feedback on the quality of the postcards, which should arrive in
2 to 5 3 to 7 days. I’d hate to hear about flimsy paper stock with sloppy printing that rubs off. If I like it, and get the thumbs up from my friends, then I’ll rate this app a home run. You can also send postcards from the Postagram website. Not only can it be fun in your daily life, but imagine traveling or being on vacation and sending one of these rather than a generic postcard you would buy in a gift shop. You can watch a short video about Postagram here: More
I first noticed photo-filter and sharing apps last year when a friend started posting Hipstamatic pictures on Facebook. I tried the app myself and found it a bit unwieldy. I then tried Instagram and found it to be more intuitive – a natural fit. The charm of the app is that it makes photos look dated, oversaturated or desaturated, scratched and smudged. The various filters can make bad photos better. They can also make good photos great (in my opinion). The free iPhone app has become popular enough that developers are releasing apps to work with it. And you know you’ve really made a mark when other companies identify their products as being like yours, such as live-streaming site Justin.tv, which is working on “Instagram for video.” In December, Instagram reached 1 million users. Just to show how fast things are moving, it took Twitter two years to reach that number. More
On Monday, an app debuted on iTunes called IntoNow. You turn on the app and within seconds it tells you what you are watching, including the episode. It does this with something called SoundPrint, which is similar to the technology used by Shazam to identify songs. IntoNow has a catalog of 140 million minutes of broadcast television – it would take you 266 years to watch it all. The app also scans 130 channels live, so you can identify a live newscast or program, such as the Fox Business show in the image above. IntoNow is the latest entry in the growing world of social media for TV watching. Up till now, I haven’t really cared about “checking in” Foursquare-style for a TV show. But I see how TV programs regularly become top-trending events on Twitter. More