There’s a large and growing number of online services and social networks clamouring for your attention and content. The mighty Facebook rules of course, as does Flickr for photos and Twitter for…um…tweets, but beyond these there are others coming up in the wings. Sites like Instagram for mobile photo sharing, Evernote, Picasa, Veoh, and more. One of the problems this presents is how to manage them all, and ensure that you keep control of where your content is going and who can see it.
That’s where Social Folders comes in. The new service provides a centralised online dashboard from where you can move, delete and generally organise you images and other content as you need. It’s kind of a Dropbox for network content if you will. Once you download and install the desktop component, you then connect to your networks of choice and from then on you can sync, manage and otherwise share all the content you want between the services automatically.
The slight problem with this kind of thing is that you can easily end up populating a multitude of different services with your ‘stuff’, and while that may be great for close friends and family, there’s no guarantee that more remote members of your groups may feel overwhelmed by myriad pics of what you had for dinner last night.
Still that seems a tad churlish, as this does seem like an interesting and valuable way to ensure that your content stays under your control, rather than at the whim of some cloud jockeys. The fact that you can use it as a local computer backup of your photos is one cool feature, for instance. If you’re finding yourself a little overwhelmed by your digital lifestyle, this could be one way to reclaim the high ground.