A New Type of Blog

Muzy calls itself “a new kind of blog for your creative side!”

Well, I’m not sure that I have an all that creative side but I decided to take a look at it and my first impressions were very favourable.  In fact, I could see the format and the tools in Muzy appealing to many in education.  Like most things on the Web, it claims to be a Beta but we’re adventurous, right?

If you’re at least 13, create a free account and go to it.

Unlike a traditional blog (like this one) where you start with text and share your thoughts that way, Muzy is all about images and pictures first!  My first trip there took me to the default “app”, the Photobox.  I thought I would give it a shot and uploaded some images from a trip to San Antonio into the layout.  I called it the “San Antonio Sampler”.

From the layout, I had a sense of what to expect but it was only when I uploaded the first image that I realized the power behind the Photobox.  I could take almost an Instagramish approach and apply filters to the images.  So, I applied an “old” filter to the front and used the “enhance” feature to tweak some of the others.  I rather like what I was able to create so easily.

And, of course, you publish your results and you can see it online at my Muzy blog at http://dougpete.muzy.com.

But that wasn’t the only app available.  There are a number ot choose from depending upon your activity.

The selection represents a pretty powerful collection of things you can do with pictures.  Of course, you could do any one of the activities with a selection of other utilities but they’re all here in one spot.

Next, I thought I’d look at Word Play.

By itself, maybe not so impressive until you go to the original and it stores the actual movie created when you do Word Play.

All in all, I really liked what I saw.  It’s unfortunate that there’s a minimum age of 13 to create an account as I could see all kinds of applications for students and digital cameras.  But, if I’m a classroom teacher documenting and sharing our learning, this is a very nice suite of tools to show off your pictures.

There are hooks to your Facebook account and also Google images (make sure you have the rights to use the images) as sources for images.

It’s free and you’re just a link away from sharing it all with parents.  And there’s an iOS Muzy App too!


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