We Heart It (WHI) is an online image gallery- basically a bookmarking site. Users can save images, organize, and categorize them.
WHI was founded in 2008 by Fabio Giolito as a way to save and tag images from the blogs he follows. He is focusing on bookmarking at present, but claims that he and his team are always looking for improvements to make the site more interesting.
User create collections of interesting images from all over the Internet, but cannot upload directly to the application.
Once registered, a user is directed to their “heart page” where they can add a bio, search for images to heart and tag, and create a list of people they are following.
During review, we began with the settings piece. In this area, users may add a short bio, location, link to blog, and (interestingly) a choice about “unsafe content” that you set to hide if you are not comfortable with nudity or show if you are comfortable with nudity. Users may also upload an avatar photo in JPG, PNG, or GIF, 700KB or less. Passwords may be changed and a widget may be generated to display on a website or blog. Users can indicate whether or not they wish to be notified if someone starts following them on the site. The last settings tab offers “find friends”. This allows users to link their WHI account to a Twitter or Facebook account. If you connect your accounts, you will be directed to any of your friends from those sites who maintain WHI accounts.
When the bio is complete, it is time to explore the site. Explore by friends (if you have connected your social networking sites, or simply browse everyone. If you like a photo, click the heart to indicate that you ?it. Each photo has tags, so you can find more pictures you like by clicking on a tag, or on a user to see their other photos. While exploring, it is noted that if you checked “show” under “unsafe content”, you will likely encounter nudity and vulgar language. In other words, if you are looking at this at work or are uncomfortable with that kind of thing, be aware that it IS out there.
There are literally thousands of entries. There are photos of celebrities, teens making emo faces, half naked people, shoes, fashion, a lot of people covering their faces, and of course, kittens. There is an enormous amount of content to sift through. If you like something, you can also access the link to the original post from tumblr, blogger, or wherever the image originated from.
The bad news is that you cannot upload images directly to WHI. You must had the button to your browser so that when you see an image on a site, you click the button to add it to your heart collection on WHI – this is called a bookmarklet. This means you can add content from ANY site you go to, but you MUST install the bookmarklet.
Using the bookmarklet, users may find an image on a page and click the icon for WHI. By hovering the cursor over the photo, tags may be added. When finished, simply click “save it on my heart. The image will show up alongside any images that have been selected from WHI.
To create an account, users must provide a display name, a username, an email address, and password.
We Heart It is completely free to use.
This seems to be attractive to teen users. Making collections of pictures from around the internet or within the application does not seem like something a lot of adults will find interesting/entertaining.