Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Capsule - Robust Group, Event, And Photo Management Tool

Capsule is a well put together and smooth group management tool that can be used for events, clubs, photos, or just big conversations. I would describe it as the super genius child of Wave, Sled, Yammer, CC:Betty, and LiveShare.

Capsule was founded by Cyrus Farudi and Omri Cohen because they were "frustrated by the lack of a good, complete solution to group planning, communicating, and photo sharing, they decided to tackle the problem themselves." Accompanying them are designer Ryan Schmidt and Ruby developer Grzegorz Kazulak. Capsule was first called Story; changing the name was a great decision.
Capsule is a private group and event based sharing platform built on the premise that most real-life networks are born and die around shared experiences. Capsule makes it easy for users to plan events, share and communicate, and preserve memories in a context-rich space.
Once I set up my account it was easy to navigate, create a new capsule, and interact with the site. I am very impressed with their Quick Tips overlay, FAQ, and UI. Many new websites seem to expect the users to figure it out on their own and tend to shy away from tutorials and directions which can be detrimental to their long-term public adoption. Well done Capsule! You can follow them on Twitter and Facebook. It is currently in private beta; if you would like access just email me and I will do my best to get you in. Below is a screenshot tour of the signup and setup process.

Homepage


















Enter invite code; let me know if you are interested and I will do my best to get you one.


















Sign up details


Logged in and a view of their first Quick Tip overlay


















About to click on "New Capsule"


Starting a new Capsule


















Entering details for a test


















My new Capsule called "Test Capsule"


















Inside the Capsule you can upload photos (importing is coming soon), write posts, pin posts, like posts, unlike them, add location, invite more people, setup group texting, group emails, and so much more.