Emberapp.com is a social networking site designed for creative people to share their scrapbook or portfolio of images. Users can share individual images and collections of images easily with the tools provided by the site. Users can search for and Follow other users who have portfolios which interest them. The site is targeted to graphics designers, web designers, logo and advertising designers, and other creative people who desire an easy method of publishing their portfolios. The site can be browsed by the most popular images, by user or by category. Users can maintain a list of individual images and/or organize their images into collections. The site makes it very easy to upload images, and also offers a browser tool which allows the user to upload a snapshot of the web page they are visiting to the Emberapp.com site.
Users can also maintain a list of Favorite images. The Images page shows the most recently uploaded images, the most popular images and a tag cloud which shows the most popular tags assigned to images. The Categories page allows the user to browse the site based on a number of different categories including Product Design, Photojournalism, User Interface Design, Web Design and others. Clicking on an image thumbnail brings up a larger view of the image with information about the image. From this page, the user can easily add the image to their favorites, choose to follow the designer or see other images by the same designer.
Emberapp.com was launched in June 2009. Emberapp was acquired by Linebreak in March 2011 and the site was closed down in September 2011.
Competition to Emberapp.com comes from sites such as Flickr and Photbucket. Flickr is geared more towards the individual, while Emberapp is primarily targeted to professionals. Photobucket offers a service similar to Emberapp, but also specializes in hosting images for Ebay-type auctions. Flickr and Photobucket are free, while Emberapp charges a subscription fee for larger collections. Both of these sites have a much larger userbase than Emberapp, but Emberapp is growing rapidly, particularly among professionals.
The Emberapp.com site has a very Web 2.0 look and feel. The site is very responsive, even though most pages contain a lot of images. Image uploading and downloading is responsive as well. Navigation is intuitive – there is a convenient top menu bar provided for navigation. The browser tool for creating and uploading snapshots of web pages works well. Advertising is displayed to users with a free account – a paid account removes the advertising.
Registration to the site is not required to browse, search and view images and collections. However, free registration is required to maintain images, collections and favorites on the site. The registration process asks for username, email address and password. Validation of the email address is not required. A free membership is limited to 30 uploads per month and 3 collections.
A Pro membership costs $24 per year and allows unlimited uploads and collections. In addition, advertising is removed for paid members. The site accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover as payment for a premium membership, and asks for full billing details including phone number.
The Emberapp.com site is recommended particularly to creative professionals desiring an inexpensive solution for showcasing their work. The tools provided by the site make it very easy to upload individual images and collections of images. The site is also recommended to people looking for images to use in their projects. Some of the images on the site are publicly available, while others are commercial.