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/

VHX.tv – Online Video Sharing and Discovery

Today’s featured social web app is VHX, a place where you can discover and share video online.  This web app features an easy-to-use interface that makes watching and sharing video on popular social sites and media sites extremely easy.


Online Video Sharing and Discovery Made Easy

So what is this VHX all about?  First of all, it is a video watching portal.  The web app brings you the popular video clips being shared by people on the internet.  You can quite some channels such as movie trailers, BuzzFeed and Staff Picks chosen by VHX staff and watch instantly in the browser window.

VHX - Online Video Sharing and Discovery

But there is more about this web app.  By linking your accounts on social platforms to VHX, i.e. Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr, you can enjoy the video shared by your friends.  So you don’t have to go here and there, just one web app to enjoy video on all platforms.  It also has a Reddit channel that does not require your Reddit credentials.

VHX - Online Video Sharing and Discovery - Reddit channel

A third source of finding video on VHX is by sharing.  Users can add a bookmarklet in their browser to share any video found on a web site to VHX.

VHX - Online Video Sharing and Discovery - Post to Social Sites

This web app is not only designed for instant watching.  You can put video in your queue for watching later.  And if you discovered any great stuff, simply click share to post it to Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr to invite your friends to view it.



I like the idea of VHX because it does not simply scrape popular video on the internet, just like the TwitTV I introduced before.  The core idea of VHX is crowdsourcing and sharing.  The web app itself does not need to monitor the video sharing trend on popular sites, it simply rely on its users and their friends.  I particularly like the simple user interface of it.  Tablet users should find it easy to navigate around.

VHX - Online Video Sharing and Discovery

Official Site: http://vhx.tv

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!

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