Today we’re releasing an Alpha version of Patchwork, our super-light image sharing service, free (as in beer) and open source (as in freedom).
Installation should be pretty painless and we have a very early user management and administration system in place based on OpenID. Be sure to follow the included Read Me and you should be up and running in no time.
SO, WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT?
We built patchwork to share images, but it’s certainly a little different than a blog. We love ours since it’s projected on our wall for everyone to see it. Which gets people in the office to share and respond to interesting things going on. But we would love to see what you come up with for it.
Own a coffee shop? turn a static display into a living, community fed wall for your customers. Running a project? Start a quick Patchwork and invite team members to share inspiration and ideas. Have multiple offices, but want to share one culture? Show a single patchwork in both offices and bring your employees together through a shared, indirect communication space. Photographers, designers, business owners, boutiques, classrooms, teams: what can you do with Patchwork?
THAT’S GREAT, BUT _________ IS BROKEN…
It’s true, Patchwork is a work in progress, and not everything’s done. The basics are there (we’ve been using it!), but not all of it works yet. For example, you can’t easily delete posts yet. But these things are coming. If you’d like to see something sooner than later, let us know! Just skip over to Get Satisfaction to post ideas, feature requests, or bugs and we’ll see what we can do. And since all of the code is open, you’re welcome to get your hands dirty (if you like that sort of thing) and change things directly.
Let us know what you do with Patchwork–whether you put it up on your own wall or write your own features–let us know in the comments below.
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