Zcapes.com is a mobile blogging platform that is designed for users to create a blog that can be viewed and updated via their mobile phone. Users first create the blog at Zcapes.com using their PC. Then, once the blog is published, it is available to be viewed and updated at m.zcapes.com. The site features an easy to use, drag and drop editor for creating the blog, which is called a Zcape. Users can add photos, invitations, message boxes, Twitter search boxes, Flickr photostreams, maps, and RSS feeds to their mini-blog. Once published, users can use these added features to update their blog from their mobile phone.
The platform was specifically designed for creating a blog around an event, an activity or a group. An example would be to create a Zcape for a party, with the Zcape giving directions, providing a map, and telling what time the party starts. Then by giving all of the people invited to the event the address of the Zcape, they can interact as the event unfolds. Someone may need help with directions to the party – they can go to the Zcape and ask for help. Users have the option of making a Zcape public or private. If it is public, it can be found by any Zcape user, if it is private, a user will need the address to access it.Show more screenshots »
Zcapes.com was launched in February 2009 by Raimo van der Klein, Claire Boonstra and Maarten Lens-FitzGerald. The company is based in the Netherlands. The site has continued to grow since launch, with most of its visitors coming from the Netherlands and Germany.
Competition to Zcapes comes from major social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook and MySpace. Sites that answer the question “What are you doing now?” The major difference between Zcapes and the major social networking sites is that the blogs provided by Zcapes are designed to be viewed on mobile phones, and as such, are “mobile-friendly”. They are formatted for the mobile web, and users are encouraged as they are building a Zcape to keep in mind that the content will be viewed on a mobile – to try and keep the content to a minimum.
The Zcapes site has a very clean and uncluttered look and feel. There is a minimum of content on each page, and there is no advertising displayed on the site. Users are provided with a convenient top menu bar for navigation on the site. The menu bar contains tabs for Home, Create (create a new Zcape) and Manage (manage existing Zcapes). The Home page features a list of the most recently created public Zcapes, and there is a search bar for searching Zcapes by tags assigned to them at creation. Response time of the site is somewhat slow. Page loads can take as long a several seconds. The design of the blog is great for mobile usage but too minimalistic for a computer screen.
Registration at Zcapes is free and is required in order to create a Zcape. Non-registered users can browse or search the public Zcapes. The registration process asks for username, password and email address. Validation of the email address is required.
Registration at Zcapes is free. There is no premium membership to Zcapes offered.
Zcapes is recommended to anyone who has a need to update a group of people with information and would like them to be able to access the information via the mobile web. The site fills a need for people who make user of their mobile phones to access the web on a frequent basis. It provides a central location for information about an activity, event or group of people. The information is easy to access, both on a PC or using a mobile phone, and updates can be made easily from either place as well.