Pictarine: All social photos in one timeline, yours and your friends’

Today’s featured web app is Picarine, a tool that pulls photos from various social sites and blends into a single photo gallery.  These photos come from your own social accounts and your friends’.  The best of all, you can download them into your hard drive.  It is both a sharing and back-up tool.

Pictarine: All your photos in one timeline

Pictarine requires registration to use, which is free.  The range of sites you can download photos from include:

  • Google+
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Flickr
  • Instagram
  • Dropbox
  • 500px
  • Shutterfly
  • Photobucket
  • Twitpic
  • Lockerz
  • Windows Live
  • Mobypicture
  • Yfrog

And your computer too.

Pictarine - Zest of life - All your photos in one timeline

There are two basic ways to view the photos.  Firstly, you can navigate between them by selecting different sources (Flickr, Facebook, etc.).  Secondly, you can use keyword search to find out specific photos like “wedding” and “graduation”.

Pictarine - browse

Photos in Pictarine could be downloaded to your hard drive.  These include your own photos, your friends’ shared ones and those you are tagged in.  This makes Pictarine a useful tool for backing-up your photos in social networks.  Many people have been complaining about the lack of convenient means to download thier online photos frmo some social sites, Pictargine filled this gap.



Who should use Pictarine?  Obviously those who like sharing photos and those who like viewing them.  It has been a growing trend to integrate different social sites.  There are many computer and online tools for centralizing publication and reading of updates on social sites.  Now Pictarine provides a platform for the centralized management of social photos.

(Image source: Chrome Web Store)


Chrome Web App: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/hbedofcogklaejflehfloghnidpohipb

Official Site: http://www.pictarine.com/

A Web Whiteboard: Virtual Whiteboard for Online Collaboration

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Today’s featured productivity web app is A Web Whiteboard, a virtual whiteboard for drawing sketches and sharing to people on the internet.  It is basically a digital whiteboard, but it is touch-optimized for use on computers, tablets and smartphones.  It supports all modern browsers.  You don’t have to register for an account or install any application, just open the web browser to start drawing.


Virtual Whiteboard For Touch Devices

A Web Whiteboard - Virtual Whiteboard

Just click “Start drawing”, the web app will take you to a drawing board.  The drawing board of AWW is pretty simple.  There are not many settings to make.  You can use small, medium and large pencils to draw in 7 colors.  There is no zooming so the size of the browser is the size of the virtual whiteboard.

The web whiteboard is built on HTML technology, no Flash is required.  I could run it on my iPhone easily.  The speed is also impressive.  There is no lagging or excessive loading time.


Sharing The Virtual Whiteboard

Now about sharing.  At the time of testing I could not find the sharing button on my desktop computer, but the same button was there when I tested the web app on my iPhone.  Probably real time sharing is not enabled for desktop computer.  But I could post my drawing on Facebook, twitter and Reddit.  I can also save the drawing as PNG file and download.

A Web Whiteboard - Virtual Whiteboard Posting

There is a nice feature of AWW that is quite useful to webmasters.  You can embed this virtual whiteboard in your web site!  Just copy and paste the coed to your web site.  The free version does not allow sharing so it is basically a drawing board for your guests to have fun.  If you pay for it, the embedded virtual keyboard would have sharing enabled.  You could even put your own logo on the virtual keyboard.  This could be a useful tool for corporate intranet.



Is this web whiteboard great?  Well, it is a simple tool that can meet basic requirements for sketching and sending to friends online.  The fact that it works in the browsers of tablets and smartphones is good if you want to quickly draw sketches but have no drawing app on the device.  However, it is not a comprehensive option because you cannot paste images and there is no way to share the screen.  For these advanced features you may need to consider Google+ Hangouts with extra function added in September for web collaboration.

Official Site: http://awwapp.com

How To Update Multiple Popular Social Networking Sites By Automation

It’s Social Wednesday!  Every Wednesday I write about web apps and browser add-ons or observations related to social networks.  SUBSCRIBE RSS feed or email updates to follow these stories!

Many of us being social animals have accounts on almost all popular social networking sites.  Yes, almost all (don’t tell me you only have one account… I won’t believe you).  As your online appearance grows, you become more busy with updating all your status on and uploading photos to these networks.  For example, you had an awesome dinner in a restaurant, you want to share photos of the food to your friends.  How many times do you need to upload the photos and your comments?  Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Jaiku…  And you may even have blogs to update as well.  The more accounts you have, the less enjoyable sharing your life online becomes.

I like talking about automation.  After my ifttt and Yahoo! Pipes posts, let me write another post about automating social network updates.  In this post I’ll introduce some tools you can use to make one update and spread to the whole internet instantly.


Hellotxt – Publish to Popular Social Networking Sites On The Go

To use Hellotxt, you need to create accounts on the social sites by yourself and enter the login details into the system one by one.  This is a painful process but once you get through it you would find Hellotxt very helpful.

Hellotxt - Organize your social networking site updates

The killer feature of Hellotxt is portability.  It has iPhone and Android apps that allow you to make updates wherever you are.  And it’s free.  It connects to a wide variety of networks but unfortunately Google+ is not supported at the time of writing this post.

Hellotxt - Android app to update social networking sites

Official Site: http://hellotxt.com


Ping.fm – Update Social Sites at Once Easily

Basically Ping.fm works in a similar way as Hellotxt.  The major difference is the former has a less fancy user interface and no smartphone app.

Ping.fm - Social Networking Sites Updater

Ping.fm supports the following networks.  Again, Google+ is not included.

Pingfm - Supported Social Networks

Official Site: http://ping.fm


OnlyWire – Access to All Popular Social Networking Sites

This is how OnlyWire works.  You enter your login credentials, you write new status update in OnlyWire, it sends the update to all the sites.  You can update social networking sites such as Google+, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.  You can also make new social bookmarks to Delicious, Digg, StumbleUpon, etc. and blogs such as Tumblr and Posterous.

OnlyWire - updates popular social networking sites

You enter your updates via a web interface.  Then the information is sent to the submitter which is installed in your computer.  The submitter will approach al social networking and bookmarking sites.  You can see what works and what doesn’t, with an option to re-submit.

OnlyWire - Posts to popular social networks

OnlyWire has a free option but with submission limit.  To use the advanced features you need to pay a fee as low as $10 per month.  I think OnlyWire is most suitable for companies and organizations that regularly publish news because of the price, web interface and the requirement of installing a submitter, although individual users would also find it useful if they mostly update their statuses via desktop computer (e.g. in the office).

Official Site: http://onlywire.com


PixelPipe – Content Syndication Across Social Sites

Pixelpipe - Upload media to popular social networking sites

Compared with the above sites, Pixelpipe is more media content oriented.  You can see from the list below that it’s main function is to upload multimedia content such as music, video and photos.  If you like sharing photos, this is a handy tool you should try.  It even supports Dropbox and Box.net so that you can backup the things you posted.  There is also an option to email the content to a specific recipient.  This provides great flexibility to content distribution.

Pixelpipe - Content Syndication to Popular Social Sites

Official Site: http://pixelpipe.com



There web apps should have covered almost all popular social networking sites.  In most cases you don’t really need to use them all.  Just use the one that supports the greatest number of social sites you have.  I usually use Hellotxt only, because the more of these apps you use the more tedious account log-in input you have to do!

Integrating YouTube and Chrome to Google+

Looks like Google is continuously bringing new features to Google+.  We just reported about What’s Hot, Ripples and Creative Kit, now Google just announced some other small additions.


YouTube in Google+

You may now find a small YouTube tab on the right hand side of the Google+.  If you hover your mouse cursor on it, a sidebar bar would slide out for you search for YouTube videos.  It will bring up a new window showing video clips relevant to your search term.

YouTube in Google+

So what’s the intention behind this new feature?  Google said “we wanted to bring YouTube directly into Google+—as well as make it easier to watch and share your favorites“.  Yes, while you can watch the video directly in the new pop-up window, you can also +1 it.

Besides, now when somebody shares a video with you, apart from watching the video, you can also open a related playlist directly from the post.  And Google+ will start to add YouTube playlists in the search results of Google+ as well.

YouTube playlists in search in Google+

This may look strange in the first place but it’s understandable.  People are more attracted to graphics and video, particularly video.  I believe that the better integration of YouTube into Google+ is a move that Google makes to make users stay in Google+ and use it more.  So as the recent addition of the image editing function.  The more cool things people share, the more people use Google+.


New Google+ Extensions for Chrome

Google released two new extensions for Chrome for using Google+.  The first one is a +1 extension that lets you +1 any web page, no matter the page has a +1 button built-in or not.  The other one helps to you check Google+ notifications and enable Hangouts right from the extension.

Get Google+ features in the Chrome browser

You can find these two extensions on a dedicated page: http://www.google.com/chrome/intl/en/p/google-plus.html

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