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Burst: A photo & video sharing app
that wants you to share less

Posted by Damon Kiesow  July 2, 2012 02:00 AM

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By Damon Kiesow
Boston.com Staff

burst.PNGReviewing: Burst
Company: Burst.it LLC
Price: Free
Platforms: iPhone, Android
Tested on: iPhone 4G
Should you get it? Yes, if you find Instagram or Facebook photo sharing to be too public.

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In contrast to the over-sharing abundant on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the like, there is a new trend in mobile apps: not over-sharing.

For instance, Pair (iOS and Android) allows the exchange of messages between just two people.

Boston-based Kibits (iOS and Android) allows users to create 'micro-networks' of friends at the same events or locations.

Then there is Burst (iOS and Android), another product of Boston that wants you to share your photos and videos, but a bit more discreetly.

The app is easy enough to use. Upon install, it asks for access to your contact list, and then lets you arrange those people into groups.

The rest of the interface is almost identical to the native camera app. Take a photo (or video), pick a group, and share. Friends not using Burst will receive an email notification; those with the app will receive a notification on their device.

The app does not provide any of the photo filtering tools available in Instagram, though you can add photos from the camera roll after they have been edited.

But it does have a few other interesting features: It can optionally peek at your calendar to connect media to events you are attending, and photos you take with the app are automatically saved to the cloud (Amazon S3), so are available on any of your devices.

Overall, Burst is worth testing out if you are looking for a limited-sharing solution, though attaching that photo to an email might be just as easy in many cases.

About Apptitude Test blogger Kathryn Cartini

Born to challenge the "status quo," with three older brothers Kathryn's first story was probably a tattle, a skill she managed to turn into a career in broadcasting. Now as a communications specialist and CEO of Peacock Media, Kathryn continues #SharingStories that grow businesses and inspire others to follow their hearts in work and life, herself included. More »

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