The newest entrant into the “cloud” photo storage market is a site called Snapjoy which has just kicked off its beta testing phase.
Details are a bit sparse on the service, but it’s fairly straightforward: You upload images to the site, and they’re organized for you by date in a rather elegant film-strip interface. If you send a duplicate photo, the service ignores it to keep your images as organized as possible. Mac users get to use the service’s Shoebox application, which lets you drag-and-drop photos to upload them to Snapjoy.
Photos stored on Snapjoy are private, however you can share photos from within Snapjoy albums to friends and family as well as give them permission to use your photos in their own Snapjoy albums. More social networking features are promised down the road.
Pricing is a bit vague during the beta period. “Think $1/month for an additional 3-5GB” of storage, the site says. Reading through the terms, one thing that sets Snapjoy apart – in a good way – is that they won’t use your photos for their own gain. You retain the copyright (i.e. ownership).
Certainly worth kicking the tires on if you’re the beta-testing type, although we think cloud storage isn’t yet as reliable or secure as a good old fashion external hard drive when it comes to backing up your images.
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