Preserving memories is a tradition everyone is familiar with, but the days of photo books or a library of video cassettes carrying on memorable moments seems like a fading memory in itself. Timelines and social feeds now capture and share our lives as digital scrapbooks. But that lies part of the problem – our memories are dispersed amongst various platforms instead of being found in one place where friends and family can go to catch up with a scrapbook on our lives.
Irrive is an app that jumbles up all your social network profiles and turns them into a singular place to preserve your memories as digital scrapbooks. The application reinvents the time consuming aspects of creating a physical scrapbook into a user friendly, fast and simple workflow to save your favorite memories from all your social networks. We asked Irrive’s founder, Steven Cohn, where the inspiration for a “social scrapbook” came from, and he told us:
We didn’t focus on creating a platform for “scrapbooking” per se. We focus on creating a platform that organizes content from multiple times, content sources and/or people into a story that is easy to share, while also being able to easily discover your friend’s stories. As a heavy social media user, I just kept getting frustrated that my content was spread all over the place. There was no single way to weave all of my content into an easy to digest format that helps me tell the story of a party, trip, event, etc. The use of the label “social scrapbook” really came from our early beta testers. It was the description word that they used. And we felt it fit, so we adopted it.
The app first asks you to connect your favorite photo sharing social networks, and then you being scrapbooking. You start by creating a scrapbook by outlining a timeframe from which to compile your shared photos. To do this you could conveniently email your itinerary details to Irrive or enter it yourself to compile the memories automatically. If you added an image outside of the specified dates you enter, the application also lets you manually add images and posts to your scrapbook. Also convenient if your not a social media junkie and just wanted a platform for digital scrapbooking. Irrive also teamed up with Animoto to give you an easy way to create a video slideshow that includes background music, up to 15 images and a theme selection option. Steven also told us that Irrive has some incredible new features their working on
Over the next few months, you will see a steady stream of new features to make the Irrive experience more awesome. One of our best features is coming out later this week – the ability to have multiple contributors to a single scrapbook page. For example, if you are at a party with 20 people, you can invite everyone (before, during or after the party) to contribute their photos, tweets, etc into your scrapbook. Irrive will automatically consolidate everything for you. After our “groups feature” we will launch our mobile web/app, probably 4 weeks from now. After mobile, we have a long list of features including new content sources (Picasa, Dropbox, TripIt) and editing features.”
Irrive is currently in beta, but the application has some solid features to make digital scrapbooking easy to use and create. With the exception of not being able to add videos and a few bugs, the startup has a solid foundation for a very useful app to share all your child’s moments as they grow up, or your images from backpacking Europe, or anything else you would want to scrapbook.