Update (Jan 15, 2012): Appysnap has officially shut down. This really fun app will be missed by many of us. Feel free to read on if you want to see how much fun it used to be 🙂
I’ve always enjoyed snapping photos. It used to require a bit more preparation since I never carried my DSLR around with me all the time. With decent point and shoots I started having one around with me most of the time, but once I got an iPhone I really did have a camera with me all the time (or at least 95% of my time…swimming and iPhone aren’t the best combination!).
Over on Flickr I’m currently up to 869 straight days of posting a “Polaroid of the Day.” I have started to wonder how much longer I’ll continue. A thousand days? Five thousand? Every now and then work/life can be crushing and I barely have the energy to snap a shot.
Luckily, Appysnap has arrived. Every day it motivates me to take a few shots, and on top of that it usually gives me a few smiles every day – which is great on those days when you need one 🙂
The interface is simple. The screen that you’ll see quite often is the Missions screen. These missions can range from simple things such as take a picture of something blue, to harder ones such as shot of a sunset near a body of water. Sometimes you have days to do a mission, other times just an hour. Some of the missions are really silly and crack me up (and often a few others in my office).
When you select a mission and choose to play you get the standard camera interface with a shaded region on the top/bottom. Your photo will end up being cropped to a square format. If you like the shot you just took you can upload it, or you can retake the shot. Once uploaded you’ll generally get a point for the photo, and if you actually achieved the mission you’ll typically get some bonus points (actual people validate the uploaded photos!).
You can choose to share your photo on Twitter or Facebook when you upload it. These options will post a link to that particular photo (it sits on the Appysnap website). I’ll talk a bit more about this later.
The other panes in the app include Caps, Snaps, Rank, and FAQ/About. Occasionally a mission will give you a cap. Sometimes these are for really interesting shots, others just for completing the mission. Snaps lets you see the shots you’ve uploaded and the points you earned for each. Rank lets you enter your social network preferences and shows you where you stand compared to the rest of the Appysnap world. There is a rolling 30 day rank so that people new to Appysnap can make a run at the top, as well as the all-time ranking (I’m currently #5 all-time!).
Appysnap recently added the feature so that you can see photos from others in the Snaps section, and if you like a photo you can tap on it to “like” it. My guess is that this will eventually be added to the website as well, and probably some bonus points for the most “liked” photos.
To make it even more fun, an occasional mission enters you in a raffle for a prize, such as an iPod or Amazon gift card. Some of the other missions have been for a good cause, such as showing how water is meaningful, snapping of photo of doing a random act of kindness, or a shot of yourself on public transit.
The developers have been slowly building out the app and the Appysnap website since the app was first introduced. They’ve gone with the ‘start small and continue to build’ approach. Seems to be going well so far. They are very active on Twitter and Facebook, and have been doing some Appysnap meetups in the real world.
Appysnap is rolling along, and here are a few things I’m hoping for in the near-term updates.
On the website it would be nice if you could see all the photos of an individual person, or all the photos from the various challenges. Both of these features have recently made it in to the iPhone app, but not yet on the website. When looking at an individual photo on the website it would be nice to have sharing options on that page (the typical twitter, FB, etc.).
Within the app I’d also like a bit more work on the sharing features. If I clicked on one of my own snaps I’d like an option to email the snapshot or the link to someone, and possibly tweet it or post on Facebook again.
Appysnap is great fun if you feel like taking a few pictures every day and don’t mind a few smiles thrown in. Now, time to work on the Bra Man! Mission. Don’t ask!
Appysnap is a free app for the iPhone. The developers are currently working on an Android version that may be ready by the end of the month.
Receive missions on your iPhone at any time of day. Use the camera to complete the mission – take a photo of a place, a theme or an item to win points and prizes.
Some missions reward players with prizes at random, some are only for players in your city or neighborhood – and watch out for secret missions too!
Everywhere’s a game with Appysnap!