At sensr.net we’re building a fun service for monitoring and sharing your IP camera. Today we released a new feature that allows you to tweet images from your private or semi-private cameras while protecting the overall privacy of your camera.
Sensr.net is built around always-on network cameras. We store all the motion events from your cameras, forever. At least for now. (Eventually we may need to charge for storage or put some upper limits on the free accounts.) Think about this. If your camera is archived in the cloud forever, you’re bound to catch some interesting images and videos.
Personally, I have a camera running in the playroom of our house. This means I have a long term archive of my kids’ shenanigans. Do I want to world to have unfettered access to that camera? No way. Do I think this archive is valuable? Absolutely! Do I want to share images from this camera with the world? Sometimes.
So here’s how it works. If you tweet an image from a camera on sensr.net, we’ll create a special page that allows anyone to see that image and only that image. Twitter is by default a public forum. By tweeting an image from a private sensr.net camera you’re giving the world permission to view that single image. We think this is an important step in the right direction.
Here’s what it looks like in action. This is a screen shot of the DVR for my playroom camera. I’ve added a little tweet bubble to show you where you click to tweet an image. (Yes, I’m no graphic designer…)
Once you click the tweet button, you’ll get the standard Twitter popup window that will let you edit your tweet. It looks something like this:
Your tweet will end up on a special page that only points to the image you’ve shared. The page is a bit bland, but we’ll make it nicer over time. The important thing here is that you’re able to share a subset of your camera’s archive without sharing the entire camera.
What if you don’t want to share an image with the world? We also support Facebook photo uploads. In this case you can upload an image to your Facebook Photos. This gives you the ability to share photos with your selected Facebook friends.
Dont’ want to use Twitter or Facebook? You can always download an image and email it to your friends. Just right click on the image and select “Save Image As” to store the image on your hard drive. You can now email it to exactly whomever you want to see it.
If you already have an IP camera, chances are it will work with sensr.net. We’re starting to fill our blog with detailed instructions for various camera models. We’ll keep adding camera models as fast as we can. If you can’t figure out how to add your camera, leave a comment on our blog or click the feedback link on the main sensr.net site. We’ll help you get started.
If you don’t have an IP camera yet, take a look around our blog or read our FAQ for some suggestions.