Independent online photo service Shutterfly today threw their hat into the photo sharing market as they unveiled Shutterfly Connections. This new service creates online photo storage space with dedicated web site addresses which owners share with others for viewing and interaction.
Connections, Shutterfly said, allows registered owners to create up to two free dedicated sites, each with a personal web address. On these sites can be stored and shared an unlimited number of photo albums which others can be invited to see through email. A password option can be set for each site for greater privacy if so desired.
Shutterfly also said that visitors to these sites will be able to share their own photos and make comments if enabled by the original owner. All photos present will have the ability to be ordered as prints or viewed in a slideshow.
An additional feature coming up in the next few months will allow for the creation of buddy lists to expedite picture sharing.
“Our customers tell us that sharing photos has become as much a part of their regular communication with family and friends as phone calls and emails. We listened to their requests for a more dynamic way to communicate using their pictures combining conversation and photo sharing in one easy-to-find place,” said Jeffrey Housenbold, CEO of Shutterfly. “Shutterfly Collections is the answer, giving customers their own Shutterfly web page to return to over time to re-live the special events and every day moments of their lives.”