Remember those 25 cent photo-booths at seaside boardwalks where you use to take 'passport-like' pictures of yourself when you were a kid? Think about taking a photo of yourself every day, adding a caption, posting it online - and you will begin to understand the concept behind the new social network, DailyBooth.com.
When a 140 characters is just not enough and Chatroulette live feeds are way too much - you might want to consider a community that allows you to add your photos daily. Simply put, DailyBooth is "Your Life in Pictures". The platform is one of self expression that connects people to their friends in real-time through the use of photos and status updates.
DailyBooth is the brainchild of Jon Wheatley and Ryan Amos who believe that one's self image has a lot to say in and of itself. "You could see these people actually grow and evolve. You could watch their style and fashion change over time. It was the most compelling thing to sit and watch," Wheatley said (even though he and his partner look very bored with the whole process here).
Jon Wheatley & Ryan Amos, Founders of DailyBooth.com
Aspiring singer and songwriter "ThisisGee" as one of DailyBooth's early members was so enthusiastic about the network, he actually had to write a tribute song about it.
You know when the elite Twitterati gravitate toward the next new shiny thing there has to be something compelling behind it. Tech-savvy Hollywood celebrities Ashton Kutcher and wife Demi Moore, along with some of the Internet's biggest names - Twitter's Jack Dorsey, Digg's Kevin Rose and Flickr's Caterina Fake — have embraced the online photo booth.
Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore & Jack Dorsey
Kutcher who likes to be ahead of the curve having registered for Twitter and Foursquare as an early adopter in each instance gave a plug for DailyBooth during a recent appearance on Howard Stern's radio show. And while his followers on DB at 32,000 is no where's near his 5 million-plus on Twitter, I'm sure if this concept takes off he will be competing with Larry King's replacement on CNN very soon.
According to an LA Times review, Dorsey, the maverick entrepreneur who was one of Twitter's original founders and is now running mobile payment start-up Square, usually snaps up the common user-name "Jack" because he's often among the first to register for new online services. On DailyBooth.com, however, he had to settle for "JD" after 15-year-old Jack Moore wouldn't give it up, even for Dorsey.
"Once something becomes that kind of fascination for me, it's hard for me to let go of it," said Dorsey, who advises DailyBooth.com. "This is a whole new way to communicate and behave."
Caterina FakeCaterina Fake, co-founder of Flickr, another popular photo-sharing service loves the concept so much she is one of their angel investors, along with Chris Sacca and Kevin Rose.
"Boothers," as they call themselves are using the platform in a multitude of creative ways. "knockedup"One with the handle "knockedup" documented her burgeoning baby bump throughout her pregnancy. Internet famous Justine Ezarik of "The Top Ten Video Songs Of All Time" fame has already set a record of 2700 photo comments. To date that is the site's longest thread which challenged fellow Boothers to post pictures of themselves touching their noses.
If you think you oughta be in pictures, you might want to give the "new shiny thing a go" - I, on the other hand am perfectly satisfied to change my 'avatar' photos once a year - unless I age quicker!