Do you like sharing and looking at travel photos? Do you like to get ideas for your next trip online or on your smartphone? Do you like social media?
If you've answered yes to the above, then read on — because you will want to know about Trover.
What the hell is Trover?
It's a valid question. Ask Trover itself, and it will tell you that “Trover is a visual guide to the best of everywhere.” And I would have to say that that's an accurate description.
I would also say, however, that Trover is like a cross between Instagram and Pinterest — but JUST for travel. So, essentially, it's my new favorite thing on the Internet.
Trover currently has a collection of thousands of annotated, map-pinned photos that span more than 175 countries around the world. People upload them via the Trover app or directly through the Trover website, leaving a helpful description and pinning each photo on a map. You can therefore not only see the photos of people you follow, but you can also search for photos based on location.
It works like Instagram in that you can follow people, see what they're posting, and like/comment on what they share (only, on Trover you “thank” photos that you like). It works like Pinterest in the sense that you can create different lists (kind of like Pinterest boards) to either categorize your own shares, or to save things other people are posting that you like.
Why use Trover?
I know what you might be thinking — “But I don't have TIME for another social network.” And I totally get it. Between Facebook and Twitter and Instagram and G+ and Pinterest, yet another network to use seems like overkill.
But, if you're like me and LOVE travel photos (sharing them, looking at them, etc.), then you might want to consider checking this one out anyway.
Things I love about Trover:
• The ability to upload only my BEST photos — and forget about those Instagram filters. Because I can use Trover on both my iPhone AND my computer, that means I can select only my best and favorite photos to share — ensuring that they usually get fairly good interaction.
• The ability to search for photos — either near you or from a specific destination. This is something that Instagram lacks and it drives me crazy. If I arrive in a new destination and want to get some visual tips on what to see/do, Instagram isn't super helpful. Pinterest isn't great, either, because while it can yield great photos, you won't always be able to tell exactly where they were taken. On Trover, locations are pinpointed exactly on a map, and you can even see photos of things taken nearby.
• The ability to create unique lists. Just like you can create boards on Pinterest, you can create lists on Trover. Right now, I only have lists for specific countries or regions, but in the future I want to get more creative. Since Trover is all about sharing personal tips, I might do a list about “Hong Kong in 2 Days” or “London on the Cheap.” You can totally think outside the box.
• The ability to share across social media — including to my Facebook fan page. As a travel blogger, I sometimes want to be able to share my photos from the road on social media all at once — but I want to share to my blog's fan page and not my personal profile on Facebook. Instagram only connects to your personal profile, but Trover does both! I've actually been sharing photos to my Facebook page over the past week at the same time as I upload them to Trover! You can also easily share to Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr at the same time you post to Trover. After your photo is posted, you can also share it to G+.
• The ability to add clickable links. Maybe excitement over this will only extend to other bloggers, but Trover lets you add clickable links right in your photo descriptions. Instagram doesn't allow live links in posts, and Pinterest only links to posts through the photo you share. This was a nice feature to discover on Trover, since I think it adds some value to my posts.
Enter the #TroveOn contest!
The point of this post isn't just to sell Trover to you. It's also to let you know about an awesome contest Trover is running April 10-May 1. I happen to be one of the judges for this contest, and would LOVE to see one of my readers win one of the great prizes.
How it works:
- Sign up for Trover (and follow me!).
- Upload photos (either via the app or the site).
- In your photo description, write #TroveOn first (THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT BIT!).
- Tweet your photos using the #TroveOn hashtag.
What you can win:
- Grand Prize is a $750 travel voucher
- Second Place is a $500 Apple gift card
- Third Place is a $150 Amazon gift card
And if those prizes aren't enough, you also have the opportunity to win weekly. If you share your discoveries using #TroveOn on Twitter, you’ll be automatically entered into a weekly sweepstakes. One winner will be randomly selected every week to win a $50 Amazon gift card.
Here are all the terms and other legal-y stuff about the contest. The winner(s) will be announced on May 9.
This is a super easy contest, so gather your best travel photos and start sharing!
Tips for posting photos on Trover
Trover doesn't offer you any editing tools or fancy filters to add to your photos. So here are a few tips to keep in mind as you share your awesome photos (and hopefully win awesome prizes!):
• Make them GREAT. Kind of like on Pinterest, you should only upload your BEST photos to Trover. Make them colorful and eye-catching and as unique as possible, as these are the ones that will get the most interaction among Trover users.
• Add them to lists. Because organization is fun! And, in this case, I can follow someone with a hundred lists and not have to worry about 99 of them being about hairstyles and home accents (no offense, Pinterest, but that's just not my thing…). And, as I mentioned above, you can get really creative with your lists, making them a mixture of your own photos and images shared by others.
• Make them special. Trover loves quirky, off-the-beaten-path finds. They (and I) want to see not only cool photos, but they really encourage you to leave good descriptions, too. Since your photos will be map-tagged, you can give people tips on your favorite viewpoint at Yosemite or share the best secluded beach you know of in Thailand.
Sign up for Trover!
(For those of you on Android phones, head to this page, where you can sign up to be notified when Trover is released for Android. It hopefully should be soon! In the meantime, feel free to use the site!)
Is Trover an app you think you'll use?
*Note: I AM working with Trover on this campaign, but was actually already using (and loving) the app for weeks before they approached me about promoting it. As always, I would never recommend something to you that I don't fully support.