Google launches Photovine social network; wants your photos, warm fuzzies

Slide (A company owned by Google) has quietly launched its new photo sharing service, dubbed "Photovine" which we covered a few weeks back. The service was previously in private beta, but is now available over on the Photovine website.

The service hasn't been pushed hard by the search giant yet, nor has it received an official announcement, but it appears it is now available for download -- but only if you own an iPhone. The very simple website at photovine.com does not allude to much about the service, but offers just a download of the app and a short video about the service. 

According to The Huffington Post, Photovine is like "Instagram meets Piictu, with a bit of Twitter thrown in." They go on to say that users share photos via "vines" (by creating one themselves or using an existing one) which are public albums with a theme that any user on the service can add to easily. It also allows users to share photos via Twitter and Facebook and to interact with other users on the service.

According to the Photovine team, they want to "rethink photo sharing from the ground up."

It's puzzling why Google allowed slide to only release an iPhone version, when the company usually ensures that its apps are available on both platforms at launch, so we expect we might see an announcement about an Android app in future. To give the service a try for yourself, download the app here.

Image Credit: The Huffington Post

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megalosdog said,
Google trying to find more ways to invade you're privacy?
Not sure how anything you upload to a web service for public viewing is "private".

Looks interesting. However, I can't try it as I'm on WP7 and the only app available right now, for reasons that are beyond me, if for iPhones.

Let's not forget, anything stored or shared on Google's services, gives Google rights and co-ownership of the content. (Yes even your private GoogleDocs, give Google rights to use them.)

I wonder if the license agreement on this service also contains the same Google, 'we own your crap' clause.

M_Lyons10 said,
What does Google need another social network for?

Perhaps their user profiling system just needs more info on you.

Owen W said,

Yes it is.

That depends on perspective. It was launched by a company whom Google are the owners of, however it was not directly published by Google themselves.

JustinN said,

That depends on perspective. It was launched by a company whom Google are the owners of, however it was not directly published by Google themselves.

Also, I believe that Google for now allow them to function independently. Over time, I hope anything of value in this service will be integrated in Google+ though. It's kind of ridiculous that you have to create separate user accounts for this, instead of using your Google account.