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Dec 27, 2010

SmartLoad Technology for Cloud Images

SmartLoadTM is our trademarked and patent-pending technology for loading high-resolution images over mobile networks. (ed: NYT article about 1 hour download times for apps.)

The problem has been discussed in a prior article. The challenge is to present the best image to mobile users despite slow networks and devices.

Open versus Closed Social Networks

Facebook is a closed network for photo sharing. Google and Flickr maintain smaller snippets of photos on their servers, thus accelerating delivery of images to their users.

The Keys platform is an open social network that retrieves the best, most relevant, original images from servers located throughout the world. Unfortunately, with slow servers and slow mobile networks - this has been a very hard problem to solve.

This becomes an aggravated challenge when we present images from remote countries of the world. Fetching one image in ten seconds from a old server in Mongolia is one example of the problem. Avoiding deleted photos at Photobucket is another.

Long time users may have noticed that our SmartLoad technology shows better and better images without loss of performance. We have continued our efforts to build better filters, caching, and optimization - so that the images seem to improve as you watch the show. The first time you see an image, you may be looking at the smaller snippet from Google. In the background, we're still loading the original, hi-res image -- so that your second look of the image shows the original image -- despite slow servers and networks.

Tap on any image to visit the original source.

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