Phombo is a photo sharing tool that lets users contribute to community created photo collections. The name is a blend of “photograph” and “combo.” Users can view a diverse list of existing albums, which are organized into categories including art, cars, games, lifestyle, historic, funny pictures, pets and nature, sports, technology, celebrities, wallpapers cartoons, anime, fashion and more. Each album page includes sharing options for Facebook, Reddit, Delicious and StumbleUpon as well as a drop down box that allows the user to sort images by popularity, rating, number of views, file name or newest. Users can also retrieve a link to share the album with someone else or log in to make a contribution to the album. All photo albums on Phombo are made public, allowing the community to decide which photos are the best in each album.
Phombo is not widely discussed on the internet. The website is home to a large collection of user created photo albums, indicating an active community despite the lack of mentions. Each category has a different quantity of albums, some as few as one page worth while others have 100 pages. The site has a lot of potential to offer a fun, entertaining way to share internet photos. It might manage better popularity if personal album features were added.
Phombo isn’t another photo sharing and storage solution. Rather than inviting users to upload and organize personal images for personal use, the site focuses on a community-driven photo sharing process. Users can share photos they find online and add them to galleries or create a new gallery. Others can contribute and decide which images are the best. Users can view a unique collection of images based around a specific theme created by the community.
Phombo has a basic design that manages to stay relatively clean despite the banner advertisements found on the site. Each ad is tucked into the right side of the viewing area so it doesn’t intrude on the user’s experience. The visual elements used on the site have a modern feel that gives Phombo a hint of style and personality without drawing away from the images added by users. The interface is easy to understand, which is to be expected considering the simple function the site serves.
New users can join the Phombo community by clicking the blue “Free Sign Up” link in the upper, right hand corner of the homepage. The user is directed to the short registration form. The form asks for an email address, username and password. After checking the terms of service agreement box and submitting the form, the user is automatically logged in and can begin accessing all available features. A note at the bottom of the user dashboard lets the user know that a verification message has been sent, but does not have to be accessed to login for the first time.
Phombo offers free access to anyone who is willing to create an account. There are no payment requirements and the user doesn’t have to purchase a subscription or product to keep their account active. All users receive access to all current features and can create, contribute to and view all albums on the site. The free price is right where it should be considering how heavily Phombo relies on user participation.
Phombo is a fun application for anyone who enjoys looking at photos online. The application is rather simple, but comes at no cost to the user. Users can explore categories full of images and share their favorites or pass entire albums on to others. The application isn’t terribly practical, but it is ideal for an hour or two of fun internet image viewing.