While numerous people are terribly concerned about the privacy of their lives, others are willing to share their most intimate photos with the world of the Internet. The Shorts App allows you to upload your entire camera roll and present random photos from your smartphone to either your contacts or strangers that are nearby.
The new app is designed by Paul Davidson, who has previously developed the viral app Highlight. Shorts is based on the previous app and allows users to open their camera roll and quickly choose what photos or videos to share with their Shorts connections.
Shorts was launched last Tuesday on iOS devices. At the very beginning, Davidson’s team built a test app which could be used to send the activity of the camera roll to the phone of another person who was also running the app. Contrary to what people might believe, the content they saw was not sexual, but simply offered users a glimpse into another person’s life: life activities such as shopping, having fun with their kids and dinner parties.
The final app was modified so users would not share content they did not want to. After installing Shorts, you can add the contacts from your phone or invite other friends to join you. Next, you will be able to view their latest camera rolls including photos and videos. Users can also express their opinion by swiping up. The length of the swipe determines whether you like or love the photo or video. Lastly, you can also leave comments.
As for your own camera roll, you can either skip content to keep it private or share it. Both photos and videos can be unshared if you mistakenly posted them on the app. Furthermore, Shorts also features a discovery tool that lets you know when other users are nearby.
According to Davidson, his app is unique since it contains content that is not shared on other social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. He also added that Shorts users are actually taking more screenshots and photos than the others. At the moment, most of them share about half of their camera roll.
While it certainly is an interesting idea, Shorts may not record the success that Davidson expects in the current context of privacy and security. People who want to share photos can simply do so on any social media platform while other photos must stay shielded from prying eyes.
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