PRESS RELEASE: Web Startup Magafo Caters to Photo Lovers with Fotovillas
Fotovillas Aims to Save Photo Lovers Time and Energy, with More Efficient Photo Sharing and Engagement.
Fotovillas is a photo engagement platform looking to change the way people share photos. It’s the first product from a brand new web startup Magafo and is currently in pre-launch with the launch date set as October 15. The early registration website is here.
“The goal of Fotovillas is to make the lives of photo lovers easier, and create a more fun and efficient photo sharing process,” says Faisal Feroze, founder and CEO of Magafo. It’s a social engagement platform for photos. Instead of having photos live all over the internet, making them harder to share with friends, Fotovillas allow users to keep them all together in one place.
The user can then share and edit them anywhere, right from the albums the person create online. In addition, Fotovillas claims no right to users’ photos. This is especially useful for photographers, digital artists and anyone who’s tired of mainstream applications exploiting users’ rights.
There are some cool features of Fotovillas, including mass photo uploading from any device into automatically organized albums, and editing photos with friends in real time with editing tools that comes with Fotovillas. Users may also upload their own "doodles" and create stickers to edit their photos in creative ways. This could be great for events, where the audience takes lots of photos. People taking pictures at events could also “fuse” their albums together and make one big Superbowl or Lil Wayne concert album.
Another example is friends going on a road trip. People take different pictures and share them in different ways, like via Facebook or email. With Fotovillas, friends can “fuse” their albums together and share them however they want from a single source, without the hassle of dealing with scattered albums all over the internet.
During the pre-launch sign up process, anyone may sign up for an invite to use Fotovillas starting launch day. Once launched, only college students 17 years old and up will be able to sign up without an invite, and may only use their .edu email addresses. For anyone not in college to get in, they must be invited by someone already using the site. Once invited, a Twitter or Facebook log in is all they will need to sign up.
Magafo is Feroze’s first web Startup and the company’s mission is to simply “make fun and useful stuff in creative ways.” The company is currently based in Nashville, TN but anticipates a move to the Silicon Valley in the near future.
(First posted on Monday, August 15, 2011 at 17:29 EDT)