Two Morpeth entrepreneurs have launched a new app that brings the past to life.
Clixta, the brainchild of Dean Newsome and Shaun Cutler, allows users to collect treasured old photographs in their own virtual ‘shoebox’ and to share them with groups and individuals around the world.
The user-friendly platform has some of the characteristics of other popular social media platforms, but has been specifically designed to create a space for pictures of the past rather than the present.
Dean Newsome says the app – which is free to download – will appeal to audiences of all ages, helping older generations bond with new generations over a shared past.
“We want to bring together old images and new technology.”
“We are really excited about how the app is going to change the way we document our past, and the enthusiasm we have seen from some of the people we have shared the concept with has been phenomenal.”
The easy-to-use app allows people to use their mobile phones or tablets to take a picture of the old photograph they want to keep. The picture is then uploaded to their profile, and they can decide whether to make the image publically accessible or simply share it with selected friends. The new app has is available for both Apple and Android devices.
Shaun Cutler, who co-founded the business having previously co-founded and sold a successful security lighting company, said: “Clixta really does tap into what we believe is a real niche. We have developed functionality that makes Clixta distinct from the other social media platforms on the market, and that has a really clear and compelling proposition – the past.
“The fantastic contrast of the newest technology being used to give the past greater longevity is something that I think makes the company really special and we hope that people get behind it, and – in doing so – keep the past alive.”
Thanks to a partnership with the Government-backed Copyright Hub, Clixta will be one of the first apps in the world to attach a digital ID to every image uploaded, not only protecting them but also allowing the image to be easily licensed for commercial use, giving some users the option to sell their pictures.