by Erin Kowtko
In our ever-efficient and technologically friendly society, many of us send a fair amount of text messages. Texts are a terrific way to communicate, making it simple to send a simple request, funny joke or a picture. A common text thread among my parents, brother, sister-in-law and myself is about my beloved niece, Vivien. Instead of sending numerous texts back and forth, wouldn’t it be nice to have one dedicated spot to upload everything related to Vivien? Please queue, Cluster.
Cluster is a cool app that enables you to create a private group and share pictures and videos with whomever you choose. It is easy to maneuver and free to use.
One great feature of Cluster is that only the people you invite to the group have access to it. So for example, I started the thread and invited my parents, brother and sister-in-law. It’s easy to invite people to join your group: all you do is open the Settings tab and click “Invite New Members.” You will type in the person’s name or email address and an invite will go out. My family joined Cluster and then had access to the group album I created. As the administrator, I have the ability to delete any image in the folder. We have everything in the folder, with content ranging from weekly pictures of Vivy to her newest interest or hobby. It’s a neat way to see her grow and evolve over time. It also makes birthday or holiday shopping that much easier because my brother and sister-in-law can upload images of what Vivien would like and it leaves no question about what her Auntie should get her.
The pictures are stored and backed up in the cloud. You add photos from your own photo album or off the web. At this time there is not a cap on how many photos you can share.
You can adjust the notifications so that you get alerted every time someone uploads something or you can mute those so that your device doesn’t ding. If you don’t want any pesky alerts and would rather peruse at your will, you can turn off the alerts all together.
The only negative features I’ve found are that you need to be connected to the internet to use the app and that when you delete a post, it is not recoverable. Therefore, you need to be mindful when deciding what to post and delete. Other than that, I have yet to find a downfall for this central repository. Perhaps as it increases in popularity there will be a charge associated with it, but for the time being, it’s free and it works for me!
Erin has years of experience in the healthcare and non-profit sector. She brings her skills and passion to benefit Network 1’s team, clients and partners. She strives to provide the best service and solutions to her clients so they can achieve greatness through Worry-Free IT.
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