“Oversharing can happen way too easily,” said my friend, a new parent. “I’m guessing when [my daughter] is 16, she won’t want whatever person is trying to date her to be able to stalk her through time. ‘Hey girl, I liked that swimsuit you wore to the beach when you were 10 months old.’”
This guy and the millions like him are directly in the crosshairs of Kicksend, an app for sharing large batches of photos and videos with small, specific groups of people. For all the reasons you’d want to share your most precious memories with just a few rather than the unwashed many, the Kicksend premise works and is welcome in a world that’s just about shared-out.
Today, the company is relaunching its web app and is making all its applications — including mobile, web, and desktop — free of charge.
“Over the past few years, it’s gotten easier to take large numbers of high quality photos and videos and blast them out to everyone you know,” said Pradeep Elankumaran, CEO of Kicksend, in a release this morning.
“However, sharing those photos with a subset of your contacts or sending full quality personal images to just your family members is still remarkably difficult. That’s where we come in.”
The company got its start at Y Combinator, Silicon Valley’s most hallowed incubator program. With the relaunched app, the team is now giving its users a new user interface and a new set of features.
Here’s a sneak peek at the new look:
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You can send photos and videos to friends and family privately, and sort contacts into lists for faster, easier sharing. The app also brings baked-in commenting, and it lets you send any type of file to any email address.
And now it’s all free. Previously, the startup had tested out a freemium model; users got to send up to one gigabyte each month free of charge. Now, you can send as much as you like, also free of charge.
The Mountain View-based startup was founded in 2011. In addition to a small amount of YC money, the team has also received seed funding led by True Ventures with participation from Digital Garage, Ron Conway’s SV Angel, Start Fund, and Milo.com CEO Jack Abraham.