While news programs focus on international happenings that affect the entire world’s well being, there remains the tendency to fixate on the unrest and conflict that exists amongst the nations. However, for every person you see on television or read about in the paper, there are millions more just like you and me. With Whapee by WHAP International GmbH, these everyday people can post photos of themselves and whatever may be happening around them, sharing bits and pieces of their lives with curious strangers all around the globe.
The introductory page presents users with a synopsis of Whapee’s intentions and purpose. You see, Whapee allows users to take simple snapshots of whatever may be going on at the time and then post these pictures to their servers. Users need not register, only snap and share. The basic idea centers on bringing users a free, completely anonymous service that allows people all over the world to see what is going on wherever photos are being uploaded. Whapee is not some newfangled social networking site, nor does it wish to display your daily life for all to see. Instead, Whapee only wishes to focus on the current moment. To do so, they periodically remove old pictures, for they do not care to rehash what happened last week, last month or last year. They embody the concept of living in the moment.
Once you begin, you may choose to either take a photo and upload it to the server, or browse photos that have already been uploaded. Because Whapee can detect your location, you may choose to sift through photos posted locally. Users may also choose to search for photos from a specific location, or just browse photos from the other side of the world. When you decide to upload your very own photo, do not hesitate, for no personal, identifiable information will be transmitted to the website. You snapshot shall simply be accompanied by whatever text you include (if any), your geolocation, the date and time the photo was taken, and a unique serial number to identify the uploads from your iPhone.
All Whapee asks is that users maintain standard online decency by not posting anything offensive, nor are they allowed to post photos of people without their expressed permission for they ask all users to respect the privacy of others. Images that are the property of others, as well as advertisements or marketing materials are also prohibited and the website reserves the right to remove photos at any given time if necessary.
Though I’m not quite sure how quickly this idea will catch on, as I admit this was the first time I had ever heard of Whapee myself, there certainly seems to be an intriguing concept behind the website that could attract more participants once they discover the site. Most interestingly, Whapee seems to encourage users to live for now, not for yesterday or tomorrow, which may just be the refresher some people need, for we place too much focus on remembering the good ol’ days or planning ahead. Instead, perhaps we should look at Whapee as a reminder to enjoy the moment were in right now, and then share that joy with the rest of the world.
Whapee [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.