The idea of making photo book’s as presents has been floating around my head for simply ages.
So when I was sent an offer on a daily deals site for Winkiwoo.com I thought what better opportunity to get a bargain and do a Winkiwoo review at the same time.
What makes Winkiwoo different is that it creates photo books using your photos on Facebook. You can even choose to make a book based on your Facebook status updates.
One thing to keep in mind is that to be able to create a Winkiwoo book, you need to allow the Winkiwoo application access to some of your information on Facebook. Be sure to read what you are agreeing to!
I decided just to go with using photos.
You choose the size you want your photo book to be. As I had vouchers for the Winkie Lite, I chose the small size:
The next screen shows all the photo’s of you and your albums on Facebook:
You go through all the photos and select the ones you want to use. These are added to the shortlist on the right hand side.
The photo books I was making were for friends so after I had chosen photos from my albums I also searched my friend’s albums for photos I wanted to use.
This raised a question for me – Is it ok to use other people’s Facebook photos?
I couldn’t access everyone’s photos as their privacy settings must have been set differently.
In the end I decided to keep going with making these books as I know the friends whose photos I used would not mind.
Once you have your shortlist of photos it’s time to choose your layout and arrange the photos in the order you want them:
Winkiwoo gives you options on the colour you want the book to be, whether you want a border around the photos and what order you want the photos in.
If you don’t care the order in which the photos are arranged Winkiwoo automatically adds them to the book for you.
You can also type in a title for the cover of the book.
After that you place your order and wait for the book to arrive!
My thoughts on Winkiwoo photo books?
The books themselves are great and the people I gave them to really appreciated them.
However I’m not going to use the service again and here is why:
I ordered 4 books with completely different photos in each,
- 1 book was perfect.
- 1 book had the wrong title.
- 1 book had the wrong title and 95% of the images were printed very small instead of their correct size.
- 1 book I received was not mine and I assume the guy whose book I received has mine.
After I sent an email and photographic proof to Winkiwoo support regarding the size of the small photos they did send me a coupon to redo the book but honestly I cannot be bothered.
Still, they have 154,828 fans on Facebook so they must be doing something right…