Orange launches Pikeo, a new community site dedicated to photos available on the Internet and via mobile phone
Paris, January 18, 2007
Pikeo is supported by the international photography artist, Yann Arthus-Bertrand
Officially launched on 5 December, www.pikeo.com is a community site where Web users can discover and share their photo universes. With this free service, users can archive their photos via a PC and exhibit them for friends, family and other Web users by positioning them on a map of the world. From 1 January 2007, Yann Arthus-Bertrand is exhibiting the photos from his Agenda Utile diary devised by the GoodPlanet.org association.
Discover and share with friends and family
Available in French, English and Spanish, Pikeo allows everyone to share their talents, travel diaries, favourite collections and visions of the world with their friends, family and other Web users. Microsoft’s Virtual Earth cartography service is integrated into Pikeo so that users can enrich a map of the world with their own photos.
As a result, users can navigate through their friends’ network of contacts to discover new members of the Pikeo community and the photos they have taken. As of 15 January, members of Pikeo can add Yann Arthus-Bertrand to their contacts and discover the Agenda Utile diary photos throughout the year on: www.pikeo.com/yannarthusbertrand.
Registering is very simple as all that is required is an email address, alias and password. Then, it’s child’s play to find photos: they are mapped, and also associated with tags and keywords so they can be found easily. Automatic albums and slideshows can also be created.
Users with camera mobile phones can also send their photos directly to a personal space on Pikeo via the Java ShoZu application that can be downloaded from the site.
The Pikeo site has a user-friendly interface based on Adobe Flex technology:
* the user interface is displayed on the screen without a scroll bar
* users choose the information they wish to keep on the screen via mini-windows
* most of the features can be accessed in one or two clicks and elements can be moved easily by means of the `drag and drop’ system.
An innovative service from San Francisco Orange Labs
Pikeo is open in a beta version, and it will be upgraded incorporating user feedback over the next few months, and will include new features such as automatic location on the map of the photos taken with a mobile.
Developed at the San Francisco Orange Labs, the Pikeo project is part of the NExT.com programme developed at the France Telecom Technocentre and follows the Group’s values of proximity, simplicity and innovation.
Screen captures and other visuals are available from the France Telecom media library: 0800 800 334 (Freefone N°):
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