ZangZing offers users a simple way to share photos online. The application focuses on group albums. Users can choose to make their photographs private or publically viewable. Group albums come with additional controls so the user can decide which members can upload and download photos. Photos can be added through the site or by uploading by email. ZangZing also allows users to upload photos directly from third party websites, including Facebook, Flickr, Picasa, Dropbox, SmugMug, Shutterfly, Instagram and Kodak Gallery. ZangZing lets users upload full resolution photos and includes convenient browse-able photo collections. Social networking style features are also built in. Users can follow one another, “like” a photograph or “like” an album to show support, appreciation or admiration for photos.
ZangZing was founded by Mauricio Alvarez, Kathryn Corro and Joseph Ansanelli. The website was intended to help users store and share their cherished memories online to create a collection of unique and personal images for friends and family. Initially, ZangZing did not offer much in the way of social features. The site has since added a “liking” system and offers users another option when uploading images to share online. The site will have to work hard to overcome the popularity already obtained by other established photo sharing websites.
ZangZing.com was shut down on August 31st 2012.
ZangZing does not offer anything that many other photo sharing websites already offer. The website has added social tools, which many competing sites already offer. The site does offer a group sharing option that gives the user the ability to give individual group members upload and download capabilities. Individuals sharing photos online will find it hard to see anything original in ZangZing’s list of features.
ZangZing’s user interface is very clean, perhaps a little too clean. There is little of note found within the interface. The plain white background helps prevent the view from becoming busy as the user uploads more unique photographs. Images can be sorted into albums which appear above a linked and followed album section. The application looks modern, but doesn’t offer anything visually memorable for the user. Users searching for a utilitarian photo sharing tool may appreciate the simplicity of ZangZing.
New users can join the ZangZing community by filling out the horizontal form that runs across the center of the homepage. The form asks the user to provide a first and last name, username, email address and password. After clicking the green “Sign Up for Free” button to the right, the user is automatically signed in to their new account. A tutorial window pops up but can be closed if the user prefers to explore on their own.
ZangZing is still growing and currently only offers a free subscription option to users. The user will notice a shopping cart icon on the interface. This is currently disabled but will allow the user to purchase photos once the feature has been added. The site does not mention a premium paid account option planned for the future, but is not billing itself as free. Users should keep in mind that a paid membership and features may be added later.
ZangZing.com is ideal for anyone who wants a very basic photo sharing tool that doesn’t take a lot of time to learn. The application includes a number of account linking options so users can connect to third party accounts. For the most part, ZangZing is much like competing photo sharing sites and actually offers fewer features than some. It is best suited for users who want all the basics and nothing more.