Capzles.com is a social networking site that allows users to tell a story using pictures, video clips, audio tracks and text. Users are given the ability to place this media, called “moments”, together chronologically in a timeline. The result is called a “capzle”. Any of the moments can be viewed individually, or all of the moments can be viewed in progression. Users can share their capzles or individual moments with their friends by sending an email link or by inviting them to join the site. The site has the usual social networking features of being able to search and view user’s profiles and to send messages between users.
Users have a My Stuff tab on the navigation bar which allows them to view their friends, messages, capzles, profile, favorite capzles and favorite moments. The Create tab on the navigation bar gives users access to the capzle creation applet used by the site. This applet allows users to easily add a title, description, and tags to their capzles. Users then add their media moments individually and choose the background colors and theme to be used with the capzle. Users can also add an audio track to be played in the background as their capzle is viewed. The capzle creation applet is very well designed and easy to use.
Based in Culver City, California, Capzles.com was launched in June 2008. It was founded by Chris Anderson and a partner. The company has so far received $1 million in venture capital funding. Members of the site’s advisory board include Technorati CEO Richard Jalichandra and UltraStar COO Herve de Clerck.
Capzles’ main competition comes from sites like Flickr and YouTube. Both of these sites offer multimedia sharing capabilities, but none as comprehensive as Capzles’. In addition, they do not have the timeline format offered by Capzles. Flickr allows you to view a slide show that can be placed in chronological order, and YouTube gives you the ability to edit a video clip made up of separate clips that can be placed in chronological order. However, neither site offers the direct ability to combine different types of multimedia material that can be easily viewed in timeline form.
The entire Capzles site is done in Flash, and has a very sleek design. There are no ads displayed on the site. The site is very responsive, particularly given that it contains a lot of multimedia content. Pictures enlarge quickly when clicked on and videos load and play quickly. Navigation is intuitive, with a convenient top menu bar shown on all pages of the site. The headings on the navigation bar include My Stuff, Explore, Create and Share. There is also a search bar at the top of each page on the site that allows you to search Capzles, Moments, Profiles or Take a Flying Leap! which takes you to a random destination on the site.
Registration is not required to view content on the Capzles site, but it is required to share links, add favorites or create capzles. Registration is free, and the registration process asks for screen name, email address, password, first and last name, gender, date of birth, country and zip code.
Capzles is free, there is no premium membership available.
Capzles is recommended to anyone who wants to quickly and easily document and share an event using multimedia content. It is ideal for giving an account of a wedding, a holiday trip, or a person’s life. The content creation tools offered by the site are incredibly easy to use, and the results are quite professional. The site should appeal to users of all ages – anyone with the need to document and share an event that is important to them.