Everything began when @noteness shared this URL in a public group. But, since I did not have a VPS like him I could not host a similar version in my server. So, I wrote a PHP script, the one thing that I am really bad at, to perform the same functions that @noteness' VPS performs. He even had a Android application called S3AnyWhere, which uploads the screenshots that he takes in his smartphone to his VPS. But, fortunately (or unfortunately) I did not have a VPS.
So, I began developing this Android application.
The UI is very much simple and naive. Share any image from another application, and my application gives a link. Share the link with other users to share screenshots.
An user might ask, why should I do this, when there exists other social media platform which allows sharing of image media.
The answer is ARCHIVE.IS
An image shared using a social media platform, is available only to the users of that platform, hence creating a vendor lock-in. Some social media platforms have a rate limitation as in to how many people, or how many days a particular media is accessible to the outside world. All these create a vendor lock-in, annoying CAPTCHAs, and/or A404 errors.
So, download my application from the store of your choice!
How to use the Application?
Download the application from any of the below given links.
For the first time,
- You might need a free server with PHP and MySQL.
- Put this file in the free server, and remember the path. Example: http://some.server/media.php
- Give the above URL in the text field, and click on Save Changes button.
- The above steps are only required for the first time you install the app.
Next time when you want an image to have a
permalink in the OpenWeb, click on Share button from within the image application, and choose
MediaSharEr as the sharing application. After a few moments (depending on the speed of the internet connection), you might see a Notification saying
copied URL to clipboard.
Share this URL to whoever you want to communicate, and by doing these small steps you have bought the web a small step closer to openess.