I have literally thousands of photos of my H from baby days to first steps, toddler days to starting school; so many firsts, so many smiles, so much fun. Obviously, I share a lot of photos here on Nine to Three Thirty and on Instagram and on Facebook and Twitter too, but that doesn’t work for everything. I have photos of H with his cousins and other family members, so I don’t share those on the blog without permission. They are all part of H’s story though and I don’t really have anywhere where all my photos of him are together. Some are on the computer, or the camera, or my phone, or my husband’s phone. Others have been taken by other people and I might not have an electronic copy of them.
Many people are worried about privacy when it comes to sharing pictures of their child on social media. You might be happy to share that cute one of your child in the bath with Granny, but hesitate to put it up on Instagram. Then do you want to share images of children with clearly identifiable school uniforms online? It would be nice to have somewhere you could share images with those closest to you.
So I’ve been trying out the solution that Canon (the camera people) have come up with. It’s called Lifecake. It’s a very easy app or if you’re a fan of the desktop, a very easy website to use. Either visit the website or download the app onto your smart phone to get going. You can download via the App Store: http://apple.co/1OglDX7 or Google Play: http://bit.ly/UlMLdQ It’s free to download (up to 10GB of use) and better still, there are no ads. If you want to use over 10GB, you will pay a fee, but it’s very reasonable at £27 a year. The upside of paying for a service I think is that you get to keep your privacy – ‘free’ services have to make money some way and that can be by using your pictures, but with Lifecake you have the security of knowing that this won’t happen. You can share your pictures with as many friends and family members as you want to and they don’t have to pay.
You can add your pics from your phone or on the desktop. This is the desktop view shown above. It knows the dates of the pictures from when they were taken, which is great because it saves a lot of time adding in those little but necessary details. You can amend, caption and add comments to your pictures to explain or just share your delight. People that you invite can add pictures, comment on them and favourite them, but only the parents can invite people, edit or delete pictures. I think this gives you a lot of security about your privacy as you can stay in overall control.
This is the mobile version of Lifecake (on iPhone). I love that it tells you how old your child is at any point in the timeline. It’s really simple to use and control, plus there are some neat features like you can set up a slide show or just have some randomly generated flashbacks of moments from your child’s timeline. We have been thinking of a back up alternative to our existing external hard drive and Lifecake looks like it might be the thing.
Here’s a lovely video that Lifecake have recently released, which really illustrates the bond between families, regardless of their distance. It also shows the special relationship between child and toy, which links into their current #MeandMyBear competition, running this December..
This month, Lifecake have released a fantastic competition to support their new film and the great news is that all of you can enter. You could win a lovely three night stay at the fantastic Port Lympne Reserve together with some other great runner up prizes so its well worth getting your entries in! All you have to do is enter yourself into their photo contest to be in with a chance of winning. Upload a picture of you with your childhood bear or your child’s bear (I’m sure a bunny or other soft toy is also accepted!) on Facebook here, or simply share your pic on Twitter/Instagram tagging @Lifecake and using the hashtag #MeAndMyBear. The full competition details are available online here: http://iconosquare.com/contests/meandmybear. Good luck to you all!