Heekya is a new online service that hopes to become the place where you tell your multimedia stories. It kicked off its alpha yesterday as part of LaunchBox Digital’s 2008 Portfolio of startups (which also included viral video company Zadby).
Here’s a video narrated by Heekya co-founder (and VentureBeat contributor) David Adewumi to walk you through the service:
In a nutshell, Heekya will be a way to aggregate all of your social media (Flickr photos, YouTube videos, blog entries) to tell a story. This could be a personal story, a fictional one, whatever. For instance, you could tell the story of your wedding by threading together pictures, videos and more, from the engagement (chapter 1) to the ceremony (chapter 2) to the honeymoon (chapter 3).
The service is still in private alpha, so we’ll withhold judgment until we can get our hands on it, but based on the description, it seems like yet another social media service to sign up for. Sure it aggregates everything, but isn’t a blog a perfectly acceptable place to tell your story — complete with pictures and video? When I asked Adewumi this during a phone interview, he told me that blogs are inefficient and too difficult for a casual consumer; plus, he doesn’t believe other services like Qik or YouTube provide a good way to thread videos together to tell a story.
According to Adewumi, the company has raised somewhere between $15,000 and $30,000 dollars as part of LaunchBox. Heekya currently has four employees, and Adewumi couldn’t provide a specific timeline for when the service would open up. Heekya isn’t open to the public yet and requires those interested to register their email to request an invite to the alpha.