You (Don't) Have Pictures Anymore
The partnership went on the scrap heap of history this week, when AOL announced the creation of "AOL Pictures," a free photo-sharing website. AOL Pictures replaces "You've Got Pictures" and offers features like unlimited photo storage, online print ordering and more. AOL claims 6 million monthly visitors and 300 million photos under management.
Many tag Kodak as a technological laggard, but in this case, the company's got the numbers. Kodak's competing site, Kodak EasyShare Gallery, has an estimated 25 million members and more than a billion images under management.
Competition is fierce, though. Hewlett-Packard Corp. recently bought the Snapfish service; Yahoo has its Yahoo Photos service, which is closely aligned with Target; and there is also the independently owned Shutterfly.
It is just interesting to see how just about everything in business has a trajectory.