With the advent of technology and the online realm, our ‘age old’ photo albums are slowly going out of style especially with our rising need to share our images with our friends (or even strangers) on a wider scope and on a convenient medium.
Of course there are platforms like Facebook and Instagram that fulfill this need! But for those who are looking for a more specialized way of compiling their photos and videos in an online album, there is a new rising platform that can help you accomplish an accurate and stunning ‘visual storytelling’. Presenting… MyAlbum!
MyAlbum is a new Dutch startup that values the memories that you make.
Through their platform, they give you the ultimate ability to create an online album with a mix of photos and videos that can be transformed into stunning personal narratives! With the easy-to-use tools that they also have, it is absolutely easy for you to enrich and stylize all of your content in one go.
Truth be told, with the kind of service that MyAlbum has, it is the perfect site for travelers (like you) who desire to document and share their trips to the world with the use of eye-catching visual stories!
How it Works
FIRST: Sign up!
Signing up is absolutely easy. Just register yourself with the use of your personal email and then later on, you can connect either your Facebook or Google account so that you can easily log-in every time.
*Signing up would normally give you a free 2GB base storage account. But currently, as it is in Beta page, if you sign up, you will already get a FREE 10GB account!
SECOND: Start creating your album.
After registering, you will be lead to a page like the one in the screenshot below. Simply click the ‘+’ button on the top right corner and that will give you the option to select the number of photos and videos that you would like to include in your new album.
Once that is done, the website’s smart algorithms will help you create a great visual story — it will select the best photos first to create an appealing layout that highlights these images. (Rest assured, you can edit this later on and add as many more photos or videos to your storyboard).
THIRD: Enhance and edit your visual storytelling album.
This is where the ‘Enrich‘ mechanism of MyAlbum comes to play! By clicking the diamond icon at the top-right corner of the album, it will give you a wide range of elements, icons, and options to design your story: it ranges from edits on location, text, color, maps, weather, time, and more. (It also gives you the chance to add filters to your photos).
As a matter of fact, MyAlbum can even provide you additional tourist information that you can put on your narrative in order to give a more detailed approach to your viewers. With its connection as well to Google’s API data, for instance, if you ever want to know the weather during your trip last year, MyAlbum can search that for you so you can easily just add it to your narrative!
All in all, it just really gives you the capacity to make your storytelling even more beautiful, precise AND personal.
FOURTH: Share away easily!
Once you are done with everything, the system generates a special link for you which you can share on other platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and more! (You can also embed it to your blog or website).
Now the good thing about these albums is that once you share it, others can comment on it, like it, or even share it! (You can turn these options on or off).
EXAMPLES: See one example below that I have embedded on this page! If you want to see more albums that other members on the site have come up with, then go to this link: http://beta.myalbum.com/inspiration
Why You Should Try MyAlbum
- It’s like scrapbooking! And it has attractive combinations of text narration styles and icons
The makers of the MyAlbum platform have done an amazing work since the design and interface of the website is very minimalist BUT appealing. It also has a LOT of design elements that you can choose from (over 10,000!)
- Differs from other services like Flickr, Facebook, and Instagram
Because at the very core, it lets you compile complete photo stories with more control with regard to design and layout.
- Better than other related visual storytelling platforms
I have seen other websites that are similar to MyAlbum like Exposure.co (which has been in the industry a lot longer). After tinkering around with Exposure’s interface, I found myself loving MyAlbum more as it offers more eye-catching design elements for me to add on my visual storytelling. Add the fact that MyAlbum gives its users the flexibility to let others download or not the images that you upload. I find this feature helpful since I sometimes want to share and send big-sized and high-quality images to my friends to the other parts of the world!
- It’s still on BETA so there are still a lot more features and developments to come! But as a promo for this phase, they are offering FREE 10GB starter accounts for anyone who signs up!
So what are you waiting for? Sign up NOW so that you can have a 10GB account! (Later on, they will only offer 2GB starter accounts with various rates for subscriptions on higher plans).
…But you know what? Don’t you want to have a LIFETIME 100GB account with them? Well if you join my quick giveaway below, you could be 1 of the 3 winners to win this package!
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» Terms & Conditions:
- This giveaway is open WORLDWIDE.
- This giveaway will start on June 14 (12AM – GMT + 8 Time) and will end on June 17 (12AM). Winner will be picked randomly and will be announced in June 18 on the ‘I am Aileen’ Facebook page.
- This giveaway is hosted by me, Aileen, in partnership with MyAlbum; but prize distribution will be the sole responsibility of MyAlbum.
» DISCLAIMER: MyAlbum asked me to review their website and write about my experience. As always, I only recommend and write about brands that I personally use or believe in. Therefore all views that are expressed here represent only those made by myself and not of any other entity in their favor.
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I am Aileen Adalid. At 21, I quit my corporate job in the Philippines to travel the world. Today, I am a digital nomad (entrepreneur & travel writer) living a sustainable travel lifestyle.
My mission? To show you how it is absolutely possible to create a life of travel, and I will help you achieve that through my detailed travel guides, resources, and tips!
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