Riya goes beta, joins Web 2.0 fray

Riya LogoOk, so my interest in Riya is certainly not devoid of special interests, but I am definitely looking forward to the day when I can play around with their service (it currently doesn’t support Camino, Flock or the Mac — waahhhh!! (That’s okay though, Tara gave up on Flock recently anyway so we’re equally bummed about each other’s products… ha!)).

What’s cool about Riya? Well, privacy mumbo jumbo aside, Riya will be an exceptionally useful tool — that we’ll all eventually come to take for granted as much as we do decent text search (and as much as the government already lavishes the use of face-rec on its citizens). I can hear the grand kids now (no, that’s not a Freudian slip, sheesh): “Wait, you mean you didn’t have photo search?? How did you keep track of what your 6,000 buddies were up to?!”

So yeah, once they fix the platform limitations so that I can actually use it, I’m sure I’ll get a kick out of finding all kinds of bad shots of myself. Until then, if you’re on IE, Firefox or the PC, let me know how your first experiences with Riya go.

Author: Chris Messina

Head of West Coast Business Development at Republic. Ever-curious product designer and technologist. Hashtag inventor. Previously: Molly.com (YC W18), Uber, Google.

2 thoughts on “Riya goes beta, joins Web 2.0 fray”

  1. Speaking of finding all kinds of bad shots of yourself, I think I ran across a teeny tiny photo of you in PC Magazine today. They had a little blurb about Flock and had a screenshot of it with the Flickr Topbar. They must have had the default “Join the Flock” photostream loaded. It’s on their site here http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,1937044,00.asp if you didn’t already know (with the screenshot enlargable).

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