ShoZu is a one-stop-shop application that makes light work of uploading photos and videos to almost any blog, social network or website. With it, you can post to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, Photobucket, Picasa and many more besides.
Once you have signed up for an account on the website, you can choose various ways to interact with the Shozu service. As well as traditional methods such as MMS or Email, there is a specific Symbian60 application, ready to make light work of being on the move. They will even send you an SMS with the download link.
Each service that you want to use needs setting up in advance and this can be done through the application as well as through the website – they both synchronise. What’s handy is that you can also setup a CC destination for cross posting to more than one site. Perhaps you’d like a video sent to both YouTube and Facebook. With Shozu this is possible.
If you aren’t subscribed to a data package on your phone then ShoZu offers you a system for uploading photos and videos to the internet simply by sending them as an MMS. If this is the case, there’s no software to download, you just need to chose the MMS option in the account setup and save ShoZu saved as a contact in your phone. This is also a useful backup for those with internet enabled phones who, on occasion, suffer with complete loss of 3G coverage.
It could be argued that some of the sites and services that are supported by ShoZu have other ways and means for posting content, but that would mean installing a number of different applications. ShoZu is a way of clearing up and de-cluttering your phone by bundling together many applications into one place. The goal is to be a gateway enabling photos and videos captured on any handset to be posted to any site.
Not all is well though – we experienced issues when uploading on more than one occasion, so we certainly couldn’t consider it to be 100% reliable. Sometimes posts get delayed and appear on the destination site several hours later and on occasion posts to TwitPic have had their description overwritten with “You have received a new message”. TwitPic is renowned for being unreliable, so it’s unclear who is at fault.
Even if you’ve only got an account on, say, Facebook that you post photos to, ShoZu is worth considering as it makes light work of it. ShoZu is essentially an upload manager – it performs one function from many phones to many sites, and it takes on that role very well. Best of all – it’s free!
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Platform: Nokia Symbian S60
Website/Demo: ShoZu website