Instagram made sharing photos cool and it became one of the hottest social apps this past year. Now, social video is starting to come on strong with the likes of SocialCam, as well as Viddy. As we have known for a while now, and it is not anything new, social sharing has become the thing to do. We share our thoughts, what we’re eating or doing, where we’re at, and we take pictures or videos of these things and send them out to the world.
But what if we want to take a scaled back, more intimate approach, where we share with just the people we really know. Cloudee is taking that exact approach and doing it at a time when people are starting to take a more serious look at privacy. They are taking this very thing back and making your videos more personable, which could actually be a good thing. The wonderful people over at Cloudee gave me the opportunity to test drive their app, and I came away impressed with what I saw.
Uploading and Sharing Videos
When you first start to use Cloudee, you need to have a Facebook account because that is how you register to use it. You can then start to upload your videos either through ones that are already on your iPhone or after you take one. Videos can then be uploaded to Cloudee and put in different collections that you establish.
Instead of sharing to Facebook and Twitter or giving out a link, Cloudee has made it simple and easy to show your videos to others. They can be made private — where you can upload them to Cloudee, but you don’t share them with anyone — and that is totally fine. But, if you want to be a little social, videos can be shared with your iPhone contacts and also on Facebook with your friends there or with friends that you have on Cloudee.
Although it seems that Cloudee is scaling back on the social sharing side of things, they are not doing the same when it comes to the social interaction of the app. Your Facebook friends that are using Cloudee automatically become your friends and you can interact with them. There is a feed where you can see their videos that they have posted and they can be “liked” and commented on. It also has a feature where you and a few friends can share videos. You can all upload your videos to Cloudee and have a shared collection with everyone’s video in it for you to share with your other friends who couldn’t make the event.
Cloudee has another cool feature named Suitcase, where videos can be saved to watch offline. You can choose to add your own or your friend’s videos to it and watch them whenever you want, even without any Internet connection. This is one of those features where you may not use it often, but when you need to, it will definitely come in very handy.
Breath of Fresh Air
In my opinion, this app is a breath of fresh air for me. I will admit, I definitely jumped in willingly with two feet into the whole social media craze. But every once in a while, it is nice not to be social, especially with things like my videos. A lot of them are of my son, and I definitely want to share it with people, but not to every person I follow on Twitter and Facebook. I like that Cloudee gives me the option to send my videos only to certain people and if I want to, share it with my Facebook friends. I am totally okay with having this sharing option because, at least for me, most of the people that are friends with me on Facebook are people that I know a lot better than the people that follow me on Twitter.
I like the simplicity and ease of use when it comes to uploading and sharing my videos on Cloudee. It made the experience of using the app very intuitive and enjoyable. I also liked that they did give the user some kind of social interaction if they wanted to use that feature. What could be the best feature of them all, that really isn’t advertised, is the fact that you can upload all your videos from your iPhone into Cloudee for free and have them in the cloud or downloaded to the Suitecase where they can be watched offline.
I really didn’t have many problems using the app and there were only a couple of things that I didn’t necessarily like. For one, the fact that you needed a Facebook account to use the app can be a deal breaker for some. I see why they did it, but it would be nice if they could make it optional so that they can gain users who may not necessarily use the social network. Other than that, it would be nice to see faster uploads of videos, but I am not entirely sure if that is something they have full control over.
Overall, Cloudee was a fun app to use for my videos because it was simple and easy to use. It didn’t overload you with features and filters, and all the other uncessary things you don’t really use in other video apps. You can get it on the App Store for free, but don’t get too excited because right now they are in limited beta. So even though you can download the app and sign up, you may have to wait a while till you can actually use it. But, that’s okay, because from my experience, it is worth the wait.