Yfrog is intended for Twitter users who would like to share images and videos and connect with the people they know. The user can create a post or upload a file, image or video to share with their contacts. The user can also see what their friends or family members have been discussing by reading posts made by others. The user can join in the conversation, much like other social networking status and thread features. The Yfrog page keeps a count of the user’s activity, with the total number of photo uploads, video uploads and how many people the user is following as well as how many are following the user. A live feed feature presents all of the user’s links right on their Yfrog profile page. A similar live feed presents recently added videos and photos taken from the user’s social network. Yfrog provides an overview of recent activity so the user can stay updated on what their contacts have been posting and doing. Overall, Yfrog provides many of the same features of other popular social networks with little deviation.
Yfrog was founded in February of 2009. The application was intended to provide a Twitter based service that enabled users to share videos and photos through their Twitter accounts. Today, the application continues to offer the same service and provides a social network style profile that gives users another place to stay in touch.
The only aspect that makes Yfrog unique is the application’s connection to Twitter to share photos and videos. There is little else available on Yfrog that cannot be found on social networking websites like Facebook. For a Twitter user, it might offer an appealing service however for anyone who already participates in a social network, they may find that it offer little in the way of new and original features.
The user’s Yfrog page is set up much like a social networking profile page. The user’s avatar image is displayed along with their activity stats and live feeds that present links and images added by their social network. The message posting feature mirrors the status update features found on Twitter and Facebook, right down to the comments and layout.
Yfrog is a service intended for users who already have a Twitter account. Naturally, the application requires a Twitter account to use. To get started, a visitor can click the blue and white “Log In with Twitter” button found in the upper, right hand corner of the Y Frog page. A pop up box appears asking the user for their Twitter log in details and permission for the application to access their account. There is no alternative log in option available at this time.
Just like other social networks, Yfrog invites all users to sign in and use its service for free. This is definitely a good choice considering the numerous competing applications that are also available at no cost to the user.
Y Frog is intended for users who have a Twitter account that they use frequently. Those who do not have a Twitter account (or do not use it very often) may find Y Frog lacking. The application provides many of the same features of other social networks and has little else to offer in the realm of new or original features.