Every time I go on a trip, I spend a lot of time checking in, taking pictures, and sharing the amusing anecdotes, but it all happens across different social networks. What I need is an easy way to share the best parts of my trip with my friends without re-inventing the wheel every time.
Irrive is a new website with that goal in mind. It takes your foursquare check-ins, photos (from Instagram or Flickr), and status updates (from Facebook or Twitter) and combines them into a single scrapbook that you can share with your friends. You simply enter the dates of your trip (either in the past or in the future) and it pulls the relevant information and creates a nice-looking scrapbook page, including a video slideshow of your photos courtesy of Animoto.
“People love to share life’s great moments through social media, but because social platforms are feed-based, content either gets isolated or stuck between posts of no relevance,” said Steven Cohn, CEO and Founder of Irrive in a press release. “At Irrive, we believe that people love to create and share a holistic view of their experiences. The challenge many people have is finding the time to organize their photos, posts and check-ins into a single album or blog. With Irrive, all of these memories are captured automatically and become a beautiful, visual record that can be easily shared.”
To try it out, I created a scrapbook for my trip to Disneyland earlier this year. It was easy to get all my content organized with just a few clicks into something that’s worth sharing with my friends and family. I removed a few irrelevant check-ins and photos to curate it to just the information I really wanted to share.
Irrive is free, so it’s worth trying out, especially if you travel regularly and want a single place where friends can learn more about the places you go and the things you do without having to search through a half-dozen social networks to find it. I’ve been using Tripline for this purpose, but sometimes it’s so focused on the map that it jumps around needlessly to share a simple trip. Irrive presents a sensible, photo-centric page that’s easier to just browse.
Do you use any other services for sharing your travels? What do you think of Irrive?