Instagram has new camera competitor on iPhone, gets me back to blogging

For the past month I’ve fallen in love with Google+. Instead of spending time on my blog, I’ve been hanging out there posting long posts and participating in the quickly-growing community there.

Truth is I’ve been a bit bored and the engagement there got me over my boredom. I even reformatted one of my iPhones to see if I could live without any apps (I couldn’t, but the ones I really could live without are fewer than even I expected). One app I’ve become addicted to over the past month is GLMPS, that launches today.

First, we all know Instagram passed 150 million photos uploaded yesterday. That’s amazing for an app that’s only nine months old and that most in the mainstream still haven’t even heard of.

The other apps in this space, Color, PicPlz, Path, seem to me to be struggling to come up to the nice UI and use case of Instagram. To be honest, I’ve been using them a lot less lately because of GLMPS.

So, what is GLMPS?

To the untrained eye it looks like an Instagram copycat.

But I’ve found it to be more engaging than Instagram. Why? Because in addition to shooting a photo and uploading that it records five seconds of video too.

It doesn’t sound that cool, right?

But, chase around your cat, or chase around your babies, or watch your significant other for when he or she does something goofy. Shoot the photo. What you’ll notice is that the five seconds of video ENDS with that photo.

Huh? How did it record video before you push the shutter button?

It is recording in the background on your phone. When you push the button it grabs only the last five seconds and uploads just that and a photo. Nothing else is sent to the servers.

Anyway, here co-founders Paul Robinett and Nicholas Long talk to me about it. By the way, why are they talking to me on Google+ instead of in my house, or me visiting them? Well, they did visit me this week but I screwed up the video somehow. I covered that on Google+ itself. Sorry about screwing that up, but I think this actually worked pretty well, I might use it for other videos in the future.