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Zooomr is a website for sharing digital photos.

* 1 History
* 2 Features
* 3 Accounts
* 4 Licensing
* 5 Localisation
* 6 See also
* 7 Footnotes
* 8 References
* 9 External links

[edit] History

Zooomr was created in 2005 by Kristopher Tate of BlueBridge Technologies Group. [1][2]

On June 19, 2006, Thomas Hawk, a well-known photographer and blogger from San Francisco, was recruited by Zooomr as its so called "Chief Evangelist." On July 17, 2006, Zooomr released[1] Zooomr 2 which introduced SmartSets, improved geotagging of photos via TagMap, and many enhancements in speed, design and performance. Features such as Notes and Portals were added to Zooomr[2] on August 22, 2006. Zooomr launched "Zooomr: Mark III" in May of 2007. The site was up for approximately 20 minutes before crashing due to a severe hardware failure[citation needed]. On June 3, 2007, Zooomr successfully launched "Mark III" with the help of Sun Microsystems and Zoho.[citation needed]

[edit] Features

The site is similar to other photo and image sharing sites with a number of so-called Web 2.0 features such as tagging, Ajax, RSS, and GeoTagging. Unusually, Zooomr has a multi-login capability, using a service called OpenID. Other features include LightBox, which resembles a slide show allowing users to append short audio commentary to individual photos, SmartSets, which are dynamically-generated albums and PeopleTags, which allows users to add themselves inside photos and search for people inside photos. A feature known as "Zipline" adds a social-networking aspect to the site allowing users to send a message to one of their "contacts" or to see when a contact uploads photos.

Recently added features include Notes, Portals, and an improved version of PeopleTags. They allow a user to draw boxes over sections of a photo in order to append a portion of text, to point out an individual in the photo, or to link to another photo.

[edit] Accounts

Zooomr has no limits on uploading, storing, and archiving photos.[3] There is however a "PRO" account option, which is free of advertising and allows users to see who "Faved" and commented on their photos with a feature called "Social Stream".

[edit] Licensing

Zooomr allows users to license their photos under the six regularly-used schemes provided by Creative Commons licensing. All photos are still posted under All Rights Reserved conditions, but users have the option of selecting a different license after uploading.

Additionally, as of January 5, 2008, photos can be searched based on the license attribute. [4]

[edit] Localisation

Zooomr is localized in 16 locales (Chinese, Danish, Dutch, English (UK & US), Finnish, French, German, Japanese, Mongolian, Polish, Portuguese (BR), Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish).

[edit] See also

* Image hosting service
* Photo sharing

[edit] Footnotes

1. ^ "Flickr has some catching up to do" Michael Arrington, March 11, 2006
2. ^ Zooomr 2 release post on the Zooomr Blog
3. ^ Portals release post on Zooomr Blog
4. ^ Free Pro accounts to bloggers
5. ^ No limits on accounts
6. ^ License search feature

[edit] References

1. ^ BBC Profile - March 2007
2. ^ ".NET" magazine article - December 2006

[edit] External links

* Zooomr
* Zooomr Blog
* Current Zooomr Buglist (official wiki)
* Zooomr Dev-Group (official)
* BBC Profile - March 2007
* ".NET" magazine article - December 2006
* Zooomr TV

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