Recently launched, Everlapse, is a free iOS app for sharing images and slideshows. Communicating with images is already a winning formula in the world of social networking, but Everlapse makes it a little more interesting by providing something that is a bit more stimulating than just static photos, but not quite as complicated as videos. In a nutshell, it allows users to create and contribute to clips which are made up of various photos and displayed as a slideshow. By providing the Everlapse API, the company also makes it possible for developers to integrate this functionality with other applications.
Everlapse is built on Twitter's login and social graph, so on signing up, users will automatically be following those they already follow on Twitter who have joined Everlapse. Currently, the main uses include stitching photos together to create stop-motion flip books, creating photo albums of fun nights out or participating in 'current status' games where friends add images of what they're doing, eating, wearing, experiencing and more. Clips play automatically as slideshows, and followers or friends can simply tack their own pictures on to the end of a user's clip, creating interesting collaborations that continue to grow over time. In a recent TechCrunch article, CEO of Seesaw (creators of Everlapse), Aaron Gotwalt says,
"People will come up with totally new ways to use it that we can’t predict." He adds, "It started out as a silly experiment. If it goes well we’ll keep building on it."
The company are keen to see others get creative with the app, and by providing an open API, they invite developers to integrate Everlapse with other applications to create other cool experiences. Some example API methods include retrieving user IDs and showing clips and photos. Developers interested in making use of this functionality should head to the Everlapse developer site where they can access the API documentation.