Zapd’s Collaboration and Discovery Tools Take Mini Sites to the Next Level of Cool

No matter how you feel at the end of the day, I guarantee you can still muster up the energy to put up a quick website to share your photos. Think I’m crazy? Then you haven’t tried Zapd, the iPhone app designed to create “real websites in 60 seconds.”

It may sound like a marketing gimmick, but it’s actually pretty accurate. Zaps are mini-sites, which in their simplest form can be built, published and shared in about a minute.

Zapd isn’t a new app, but the most recent update makes Zapd 2.0 more social and more useful. Rather than a photographic soliloquy, Zaps can now be collaborative collages of photos, text and links. The concept is similar to a shared board on Pinterest but customized with stylish themes. Tap into the Hive Mind and invite your friends to add to a Zap about the latest cat meme. Or invite your brothers and sisters to collaborate on a Zap at the next family reunion. It’s a simple way of sharing photos in real time that everyone can enjoy. Only iPhone users can download Zapd and contribute content, but public Zaps can be viewed by anyone on the Zapd website. Private Zaps are only available to users that know the URL.

Zap and Share

  • The quickest zaps can be created in just a few clicks. From My Zaps, tap the orange button to create a new Zap.
  • Pick from one of 48 themes.
  • Add content by selecting photos, text or links. Get fancy with the photo filters.
  • Zap the Settings. Choose a name and custom UR; select a Channel; add tags; and update the privacy options if needed. Zaps are public by default.
  • After publishing, click the share icon on the bottom toolbar to quickly beam out a link to your Zap using Facebook, Twitter, SMS or email.

Pros and Cons of Zapd

Zapd fills that spot in the market somewhere between blogging and social networking. It’s really neither of these things, but can be a useful tool for people who do both and the perfect alternative for others. Zapd is fast. It’s easy. There is almost zero learning curve. And, the results look good. Much better than Snapfish and Facebook, which is where most of my family currently share photos.

The self-contained nature of each Zap is another check in the Pro column. Instagram is fun, but if you want to share a dozen photos of your afternoon at the Zoo it’s not the best place. Nobody likes to have their newsfeed commandeered by one person. Instead of alienating your friends and followers, make a Zap. All your photos will be neatly organized in one place, with a pretty theme and convenient link to share.

Zapd’s newest social features are a move in the right direction, but I’d still like to see more integration with other apps. The most limiting factor for me was that some of my favorite photos are not stored on my iPhone. In a perfect world, I would be able to grab photos from multiple services — Flickr, Instagram, Dropbox. ProShow Web does this particularly well.

I’d also like to see sharing options expanded beyond the top players. Sharing a hero image with a link to Tumblr and Instagram would be first on my wishlist.

Take Zapd for a Spin

Zapd burst onto the scene with big numbers and lots of media attention with its first iteration. The latest update is a definite evolution of the app. Social features like collaborative Zaps and content discovery feeds are an improvement on the user experience. At the same time, new themed layouts and photo editing features prove Zapd remains focused on it’s main goal: quick and easy mobile websites.

If you take photos with your iPhone, then download Zapd and see how easy it is to make a personalized mini-site.

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