shoto 2.0 pre-release notes :)

2013 has been the year of wanting to get back memories, private sharing and private conversation… we’ve been working tirelessly to build a comprehensive yet simple offering and with their guidance I present our next version – by no means perfect but thanks to the feedback of our early users (shotoSky) we believe we have a good starting point.

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So here is what is new:


Now you can send albums to your friends and loved ones from your Christmas Party or New Year’s Bash, and all in a few seconds! This coupled with the auto-private sharing will mean you have those precious memories available to you all the time.

You can also now have private conversations, called shotoGrams, with users who you’ve invited to an album or users who are already contributing to it. Maybe tell someone how nice their Christmas tree was??


Overlays on TimelineNew Welcome Screen

We listened – you said you wanted it to be smoother and faster so we reduced registration to 3 screens, and added hints to make the first experience more intuitive.

We’ve also added some photos from us, a default notification so you know how it works and a default friend (us).

There is also a big invite button that allows you to invite friends into an album, and once you’ve invited them into an album, other moments where you’ve been together will come up automatically!
The call-back option lets you use an iPod or iPad – we just ring your regular phone – whichever it is with a code.


Many of you asked us if you could have older memories that you had downloaded come onto shoto – now you can. Just fire up iTunes and back up the photos to your iPhone and voila – they will get uploaded asap as long as they have location.


As an iPhone user you now get either an SMS or a Push Notification for important updates like “New Photos from Old Albums” or a “Memory you’ve not seen” once a day around lunch. We also send timely push notifications for things like new friends joining or a shotoGram.

I’m super excited about this release – the team has worked tirelessly over the last months to bring alive.