After many faithful years to Flickr, I’ve decided to finally let my pro account expire. I uploaded thousands of photos, spent many hours browsing and even met friends through Flickr so it’s especially sad to understand the state that it’s in and how it’s never going to be the same. The site is still there, but the community and innovation are gone.
I take a pretty good amount of photos through the course of a year. There’s also the fact that I’m a bit of a camera nerd, so I like to experiment with different kinds of lenses, environments, etc. and then upload them somewhere. The challenge is though – where should I upload the photos now that Flickr is basically a ghost town?
Through some friends I discovered Snapjoy and am pretty happy with what it gives me now, and where I think it’s heading. So what does it offer?
If you’re like me and post photos to a handful of different sites, it can be hard to organize them all in one place. Snapjoy takes care of that through automatic importing
Shoebox – A desktop app that makes it crazy easy to upload all of your photos to Snapjoy. Best part is that they’ll all be private, and archived, but it’ll allow you to share stuff after uploading.
They’ve also added this new thing they call Copy which I can hardly believe hasn’t been a major feature of photo sites before this. The gist is that if friends share an album with me, I can directly copy the photos from their album and add it to my own. Think events, weddings, family photos. No more are all of the photos fragmented everywhere.
Exporting – You’d think this is a “no duh” feature but it’s not in many places yet. Snapjoy allows you to just pull all your photos out in case you want them back on your hard drive. The ultimate backup tool.
Some feature requests
I’d love it if I could organize my albums a little more easily. Right now it’s a bit of a manual process, but think there’s a lot of power they could add with some simple automatic organization.
Face recognition – How cool would it be to just click on one face in a picture and see all instances of that face in other photos. Automagically!
Posting to Tumblr – Tumblr is my main “profile” on the web. I’d love to be able to publish photos and albums right to it.
Responsive web design – Their primary web experience is pretty good but I think it could really do with a facelift that accounts for different browser sizes.
Give it a try?
I’m pleased with Snapjoy so far. They’ve got a ways to go before it’s as good as Flickr used to be but I think they’ve got a real shot.
After reaching out to the folks that run it, they’ve given me a coupon code so that 50 people can get additional storage! UPDATE: All coupons are now gone. Womp Womp.
Sign up for Snapjoy. Skip to the next step if you’re already signed up.
Go to the coupon page
Enter the coupon: mg-e91d-84a1-2fb5-c0
And you’re done! Boom. 50% more storage for free.
Check it out and let me know what you think of it. I’m pretty pleased and stoked to see where they take it.