Have you ever passed out at a party and awoken to embarrassing photos of your epic night, taken courtesy of your best friends? Have you ever been so embarrassed by your shenanigans that you wanted to delete them? A new application, called Seahorse, aims to solve this dilemma by creating collectively owned photos amongst friends.
This new application allows users to create collaborative photo albums with family members and friends. Seahorse connects multiple people to a single album, where all users can upload their photos. Every member of the album can then review and delete unflattering photos. Seahorse's differentiating factor is that it allows users access to group photos without having to upload them to social media sites (where everyone can see them).
One of Seahorse’s other main functions is its ability to rediscover old photos. Similar to applications like Timehop, Seahorse utilizes a “flashback” feature, allowing users the ability to view photos taken years earlier. Members can also shake their phone to view random group photos. The app also contains a location feature, which shows past photos taken in certain areas.
Although Seahorse is a brilliant concept, one major drawback is the “lurker effect.” This occurs when users are part of a collaborative album, but do not contribute to it. Ultimately, this may plague Seahorse, as users become increasingly disinterested and inactive. Nevertheless, after examining 10,000 users, who collectively added more than one million photos (per month), Seahorse has temporarily proven a market exists for its service.