Dropbox snaps up SnapJoy photo service

Dropbox has bought SnapJoy, a Boulder Colo.-based photo aggregator that launched a year-and-a-half ago. Wednesday’s announced purchase helps Dropbox enhance its position as a photography as well as a general file sharing powerhouse.

And that shouldn’t come as a surprise. Earlier this year, a series of updates to the DropBox service allowed Mac and Windows machines as well as Android and iOS phones to automatically upload full-size copies of their photos to the service.

Dropbox also offered up to 3GB of extra storage space for automatic photo uploads so users did not have to worry about maxing out their Dropbox allowance with their images. If you’re on a Mac or PC, Dropbox’s desktop app will automatically upload photos for you whether they’re coming from a connected camera, smartphone, tablet, or SD card.

Enter SnapJoy—a service that allows you to link to a number of popular online photo-sharing services such as Flickr, Picasa, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. “We’ve always admired Dropbox and loved their product,” SnapJoy founders Michael Dwan and JP Ren stated in their blog post announcing the purchase. “From the moment we met the [Dropbox] founders, it was clear we shared a common goal. By combining forces with their amazing team, we can leverage the technology and scale of their platform and focus on what matters—delivering an incredible photo experience to over 100 million people.”

Wednesday’s sudden announcement comes on the heels of a controversy surrounding Instagram that centers on the question of whether the photo service meant to imply that it owned and could use at its discretion the photos of its members for any purpose it pleased.

SnapJoy’s founders were quick to reassure users concerning their online photos in their blog post: “Don’t worry—your photos are safe! Though we won’t be accepting new signups, existing users can continue to use Snapjoy to share and enjoy photos just as you do now. We’ll be in touch with more information over the coming weeks.”

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