Tracks is a mobile photosharing app that combines together many of the social media elements found in popular apps like Instagram and Pinterest, mixing together the display and general aesthetic of a pinboard with easy-to-use photo-editing tools. Users take pictures using their camera app and import them directly into Tracks. The app offers a selection of photo filtering and effect options that allow users to share unique and personalized images. Tracks‘ social element makes it interactive, and useful for keeping in touch with friends. But what really makes the app worthwhile is the way that user photos are organized. The display features over 20 categories for sorting pictures. THere are options for “family,” “friends,” “travel,” and many other widely used ways of grouping related pictures. Users can follow other Tracks users. When they share photos, the pictures will show up an Instagram type news feed. Tracks gives users the The ability to discover images and videos on a particular theme, while creating their own thematically organized photo album. Due to the nature of social networking, Tracks is recommended for children 12 and older, with proper adult supervision.
Arranging and coordinating materials in order to complete a task.
Tracks is one of the most inherently organizational photo sharing apps around. Instead of sorting photos chronologically, users arrange them by theme. After taking a picture, users are promoted to decide how they wish to sort the picture. They can tag it using one of the preexisting templates, or create their own tags -- making their photoalbums more personal and less generic. Photos are then titled, and if location services are turned on, and attributed with a location. Tracks is a great way for users to keep in touch with family and friends if they are travelling, because like most social networking apps, Tracks creates a sense of immediacy. If users create new categories, they can choose to organize their pictures by tone or filter. Users can practice their organizational skills by systematically filing their photographs in a way that makes sense to them.
Understanding our own actions, thoughts and feelings.
While Tracks is not as fully functional as Facebook and Twitter, it is a viable social media alternative to Instagram. Looking through photoalbums often helps to channel and resurface past feelings and experiences, as well as emotions that are difficult to trigger by memory. Taking photos is also a good way for users to express themselves. Filtering options help to convey moods and tones that are generally not accessible to the casual photographer. Users are also encouraged to engage with others who have the app as well. Tracks allows its users to comment of photographs and follow other users. The app is not only a means of expression, but also a platform for creative communication, fostering an environment of social interaction.
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