Let me see if I've got this straight: I fire up the brand-new Color app on my phone (iPhone or Android), and right away anyone that's hanging around nearby can see my photos. Assuming they're also using Color, that is.
At that point, I'm "friends" with these random strangers, and I can see all their photos forever, wherever they are. And they can see mine.
Does this strike you as ... well, a little creepy? Investors sure don't think so, because Color just got an eye-popping $41 million in start-up funds.
Basically, Color automatically shares your photos with anyone in your geographical vicinity with no questions asked. The app keeps you connected to those people from that moment forward, so you can see future photos they take.
Not only that, you get to see their entire photo history.
Not only that, the app will show you the pictures being taken by others within 100 feet of your friends.
In theory, you could use Color to get a broader view of a shared experience, like a concert. Or you could use it to snoop around in strangers' lives, hoping and praying someone decides to take a picture of their junk.
Color users probably won't care about the lack of privacy, since the app isn't exactly for shy types. You can't mark photos as private, and while you can block people, you have to know they're looking—Color doesn't tell you who has access to your images.
There are a number of things that are interesting about Color's technology, but overall the concept makes me a little sad. From Color's site:
Simultaneously use multiple iPhones and Androids to capture photos, videos, and conversations into a group album. There's no attaching, uploading, or friending to do. Share together in a new, moving social network. Just look around.
Because actually talking with other human beings is so 2000-and-late. Like Color's founder says,
The days of having to say anything are done. [...] It's all over. This is the post-PC world. It's a brand new way of sharing.
Color me old-fashioned, but count me out. I love the Internet and social media, but I also like conversations.
What do you think about this new app?
Image via Color.com