Chicago (IL) – Digital cameras have given us an opportunity to snap images virtually anywhere we go, resulting in a continuous flood of new pictures hitting your PC. Archiving and finding a particular image among possibly thousands either requires organizational talent or plain luck. Rmbr, a new website gearing up for launch, wants to take the pain out of efficiently archiving images and enlist a community to organize your photos.
Social networking sites, often also called U-sites, are all the rage these days with Internet users and venture capitalists. Driven by the success of websites such as MySpace, Facebook or YouTube, new ideas are popping out every day, hoping to create new usage models around popular topics that are embraced by a growing community of users.
One of the more interesting ideas we recently came across is “rmbr” (yes, it’s a shortcut for “remember”), a website that is still in a closed beta phase, but will be available within three weeks, we were told. The idea of the site is to convince users upload their images and to provide a photo-sharing service, which, however, is not limited to viewing pictures: rmbr also embeds entertainment features that actually will be tagging your images with keywords – that could provide comprehensive descriptions for images and enable a user to easier find specific images.
Once you upload images to rmbr, you can determine which other users will be able to view them. These users then can discuss the photos, they can “doodle” photos with attachable (and removable) add-on images, they can play small games using these images (such as memory, chess, checkers, and tagging activities), and they can send images via MMS or email to another user.
Gabe Zicherman, co-founder and CEO of rmbr told us that the website does not aim to create a new social network, but will use existing networks: Images can be synchronized with other networks such as Myspace and Facebook. However, Zicherman noted that rmbr focuses on users “who create a large number of images” and hopes that the service will be attractive enough to convince more users to put their pictures on the Internet: “Today, about two thirds of people who take digital pictures actually do not use them online.” Rmbr will be free to use, with fee-based services to appear later on: Users will be able to load their account and pay small fees for certain doodles, for example. Zicherman also noted that there may be a picture printing service attached to rmbr in the future.