Robert Scoble posted yesterday “Lightt: App of the year” so of course I went and took a look at his video and the lightt app. (iphone only at this point)
While the two cofounders come across as a bit camera shy they made several very interesting points which sound promising.
First, what does the app do? It let’s you capture a moment with a series of pictures. All you have to do is point and click, the rest happens automatically (the picture taking and uploading, you don’t have to name – yet). This happens super fast, and in your stream you can then see what your friends are doing. One fun result is that if two people are using this in the same location, you get a much denser impression of the moment.
In Scoble’s interview one of the founders explained how the other was away for a wedding and he was able to follow the event through Lightt in ca. 45 seconds. Whether you’d want this or the personal account with the 30-minute-photo-presentation is up to you, but the story made me think “Twitter in a visual way” immediately. It’s status updates.
In the future, moments will be able to be categorized for example like “show me all my kid’s birthdays”. The immediate availability in the cloud ads to a better library-option than all the movie files you have on your harddrive and which you never watch.
Sure, this is yet another option to “over-share” (note the satirical underdone) but I am sure that with added privacy settings LIghtt could make as much sense as Path. While apps like Givit, Gifture or Cinemagram focus more on the artsy part of the video Lightt swings for the fences with the social network component (more on mobile video in this blog post).
Obviously, in this early stage there will be few moments from your existing network (especially here in Germany) but if the company can overcome this “small” hurdle, we have a game.