Facebook and its NPE team have experimented with an app which is the tenth app by the team. The app is a collage boarding app where users can create early-internet inspired collages through canvases. The app is called E.gg.
"Free-form mixed media collages/pages that let you express anything from your favorite films/albums/novels to a collage of succulent pics to, say, an about page for an app."
New! Introducing https://t.co/q199YM7REf, an experimental new platform for weird and wonderful expressions of who you are and what you love pic.twitter.com/kQldJeXB6h— Jason Toff (@jasontoff) July 28, 2020
It is sort of a social media platform that allows the users to add any various types of media, and edit them. Once the editing is done, users can post their collages on their profile to be shared with other E.gg users. E.gg was inspired by the old school web platforms like Myspace and GeoCities, which also plays a part in one of its drawbacks.
The app itself is smooth but the reality of it being needed in the modern world remains in question. There are a lot of online platforms that are more popular and have more updated tools than this app. Sure, the idea behind the app was to create a sense of nostalgia, but the modern world has a lot of tools that make the collage-building easier and more advanced. The tools included in E.gg are the ones that dates back to early 2000s when the idea of making collages was still fresh, and hence its popularity.However, this app is definitely the one for people who are nostalgia-junkie. Maybe a few numbers of people would love the idea of going back to the good old days by recreating some collages using old-school tricks. The younger audience can also take advantage of the app, see how things were done back in the day, and may even love the retro feel of the app.
Facebook’s NPE team is all about making things and seeing which ones can gain popularity and work on it. Like a person throwing darts at a dartboard, seeing if he can hit the bullseye. E.gg is still in closed beta but you can sign up for the waitlist.