April 18, 2012
A new photo sharing app has just snapped its way to the App Store. But the real news here is not what the app itself does — because let's face it, photo sharing apps have long lost their novelty badge — so much as who made it. Dabble, the new photo sharing app in question, is the creation of Daemonic Labs. Daemonic Labs is a San Francisco-based startup co-founded by Santosh Jayaram. If you consider yourself an expert on startups and Internet entrepreneurship, you may recognize that name as belonging to the former Vice President of Business Operations at Twitter. Also a former team manager for Search Quality Operations at Google, Jayaram is now focused on furthering the development of Dabble in collaboration with his Daemonic Labs co-founders. But what exactly is Dabble? Not to be confused with the popular iOS word game of the same name, Dabble is an app that lets you share photos tied up with particular places. It's like Instagram with an emphasis on location or Foursquare with an emphasis on photo sharing. The fact that any number of comparison points can be made with regard to Dabble using existing apps of its ilk betrays its belatedness. But even so it's only a matter of time before Dabble proves its worth by setting an example of how it's better late than never, or, worse, half-baked. If you can't see the video embedded above, please click here. The trailer above delves into the particulars of Dabble. Using the Dabble app for iPhone, you can create and drop virtual postcards at any place of interest to you and to other users. Whether you're at a restaurant, a national landmark, or just at home, so long as you want to document your experience at that place, you're welcome to write about it and make a Dabble postcard out of it. Your postcards are then collected on your Dabble stream for others to see, like, and comment on. There's really nothing groundbreaking about the basic functionality of Dabble, but it will be interesting to see how it fares amid the collage, so to speak, of other location-based photo sharing apps. The Dabble iPhone app is available now in the App Store for free, but you can also sign up for the service on the official Dabble Web app. Are you looking forward to giving Dabble a shot, or is it yet another social networking app you'd rather not dabble into?
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