1. Getting Started
First, you'll need to download Socialcam's mobile app. You can also create an account at Socialcam.com, but since you'll be using your smartphone to take and upload videos, you may as well start there.
Once you have the app, registration is simple. You just need to decide how you'd like to sign up: through Facebook, Twitter or email.
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If you'd like to get the most social experience out of the platform, you'll probably want to choose Facebook. Don't worry -- you can set privacy controls later.
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To participate in the digital age requires a certain kind of visual thinking. Whether creating a snazzy website layout, capturing artsy pics with Instagram or even choosing the perfect Facebook cover photo, interesting images and videos enhance social engagement .
Social video sharing platforms, such as YouTube, Viddy and Socialcam, have recognized (and propagated) this shift away from plain text. Users can express their personalities and interests in videos and share them with friends and followers.
Socialcam has specifically worked to streamline mobile video sharing. Spun from Justin.tv in March 2011, the quick and easy platform allows you to upload and customize videos that you capture with your smartphone (iPhone and Android). Plus, it doesn't have a time limit like Viddy's 15-second cap. You can add filters, themes and music, and it's simple to integrate your multiple social media accounts.
Autodesk, a company known for its 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, bought Socialcam earlier in July for $60 million, thus acquiring its 54.7 million monthly active users.
If you're looking to see what all the buzz is about, we put together a simple guide in the gallery above, outlining everything you need to know. All you'll need is your smartphone and some creativity.
Note: Socialcam's Android app hasn't been updated for about a year. The iPhone and Android apps vary as far as layout goes, but the functions are similar. The user experience is much smoother for iPhone users.
This story originally published on Mashable here.