I’ve been geeking out recently. From add-ons for Firefox 3 to apps for the iPhone, I’m reliving weekly that feeling I remember as a 6 year old playing Nintendo NES for the first time: “What the…wait, you can…COOL!” The technophile in me loves how these programs are connecting me to the excitement and inspiration of my friend’s adventures.
Yet while I’ve gotten hooked on a number of these new tools, I’ve been conscious that something is missing in the experience. A link to the Picasa page from my friends trekking in Nepal is great, but lacks the speed and ease of scanning the pages of a photo album. Even the best photo sharing sites, with their invariably white backgrounds, clickable thumbnails and one-at-a-time slideshows, have always felt sterile and slow.
Well, no more. Blending the visceral, page flipping feel of a photo album with the convenience of online slideshows and storage, the web browser add-on CoolIris makes online photo-viewing incredibly, well, cool. Available for Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer, it turns any enabled web page (like Flickr, Picassa, and many others) into a scrollable, zoomable contact sheet with the click of a button. And with it’s 3D scrolling interface, it’s just plain fun to use.
It’s just one of hundreds of such apps that are coming out, and which I’m vainly trying to keep pace. So what am I missing? What other web 2.0 technologies are out there, that you’re using to share stories with your friends? Share your favorites in the comments section below.