Type of site
|Image hosting service, social networking, photoblog|
|Created by||Jon Wheatley|
|Launched||13 February 2009|
|Current status||Defunct (31 December 2012)|
DailyBooth was a photoblogging website designed for users to take a photo of themselves every day with a caption, in order to document and share their life with others, thus the slogan "your life in pictures." It was similar to social-networking websites such as Twitter in that you could follow other users and allow them to follow you in turn and get real-time updates on what other people are doing. The user base was geared towards teens.
In August 2009, the site was reported to have over 3 million unique visitors a month with a growth rate of about 35% a month. On 11 November 2012, it was announced that the site would be closing down on 14 November, with users able to access and download their content until 31 December, at which point the site would be deleted completely.
DailyBooth was founded and opened in February 2009 by Jon Wheatley and lead developer Ryan Amos, gaining popularity after several YouTube stars and Internet celebrities, such as Ashton Kutcher and his wife Demi Moore joined and encouraged their viewers and readers to join. On 7 September 2009 the site passed the 1,000,000 photo mark and the user who posted the 1,000,000th photo won a Throwboy pillow. In early 2010, the website reached 3,000,000 photos and 10,000,000 comments.
Y Combinator stated that they had once considered a name change for DailyBooth, but were afraid it would cause a revolt with the community. In April 2012 it was announced that Airbnb will take over the team of DailyBooth in their search for talent.
On 11 November 2012, members were sent an e-mail stating that no more content could be uploaded after 14 November and that all content will be permanently deleted on 31 December 2012. They introduced an option to export all the photos on an account. On 15 November 2012, DailyBooth became read only, removing the ability for users to post any new photos or comments. It closed completely on 31 December 2012.
The Live Feed was a feature which displays a real-time stream of recent photos and activity from all public members on the site.
The Live Map displayed real-time updates on a map.
There were three versions of DailyBooth, the original and two complete re-writes:
- 1.0 - This version was the original version from which the community grew its roots.
- 2.0 - This was a complete re-write. This version included live comment feeds, the ability to upload images for picture comments, and also made a use of @ replies, as well as an update to the iPhone App. This version was well received by most of the community, but with it came various bugs and problems. Not all of them have been fixed and troubles include problems saving photos and glitches that make it say users are following unrealistic numbers of people.
- 3.0 - Once again, a re-write. This time "Favorite" changed to "Like", notifications were added, and the logo changed.
Dailybooth Mobile Apps
Dailybooth released an iPhone Application that was very popular. With the release of Dailybooth V.3 came the launch of the all new Dailybooth application which included live feed, and the ability to message other users. The application is no longer available in Apple App Store.
- "The DailyBooth Story". dailybooth.com.
- MG Siegler (2009-08-18). "140 Characters? That's A Lot Of Writing. Just Post A Picture On DailyBooth".
- Russell, Jon (12 November 2012). "Once Red Hot Photo Service DailyBooth is Closing Down". The Next Web.
- Martinez, Jennifer (18 September 2009). "Why Is Photo Startup DailyBooth So Hot?". gigaom.com.
- Guynn, Jessica (2010-07-04). "DailyBooth.com builds communities". The Los Angeles Times.
- 1,000,000th picture Archived 26 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine
- DailyBooth Throwboy Competition Archived 28 December 2009 at the Wayback Machine
- O'Dell, J. (2012-07-24). "DailyBooth finally exits in talent acquisition by Airbnb". venturebeat.com. Venture Beat. Retrieved 2016-12-14.
- "DailyBooth Live Map". Archived from the original on 27 September 2009.
- Pete Cashmore (2009-02-14). "DailyBooth: Microblogging Through Photos". Mashable.