Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Piccolo Automatically Prints Your Facebook and Instagram Photos for Posterity

If you have a mobile device and social media accounts, then chances are you take a lot of pictures and share them with friends and family online. A newly closed beta launched subscription photo printing service called Piccolo believes that if a picture's worth sharing, then it's also worth keeping – which is why the startup is offering to send prints of your Facebook and Instagram photos to you every month. Starting at $10 per month, Piccolo “prints pictures the same way you share them,” automatically printing the most popular pictures you've shared for the month. You can always choose which photos get printed, though – on the first of each month, Piccolo will send you an email showing the pictures that are about to get printed. You have two days to edit the selection if you're not entirely happy with it. The startup will then send your prints via snail mail.

Piccolo's prints are printed by a professional lab on archival quality paper that will last for generations. After all, isn't that the point of having your photos printed in the first place? You can also have your prints sent to family and friends automatically – just buy them a subscription and all they have to do is confirm their address.

Piccolo was founded by Nicholas Hall and Kate Oppenheim, who came up with the idea for the startup. Oppenheim had been using an IFTTT recipe to automatically save her Facebook and Instagram photos to Dropbox. However, when it came time for her to locate the pictures she wanted to print, she found it “very frustrating” to sort through thousands of files. In addition, existing photo printing sites required her to download her photos and upload them again. With Piccolo, everything is more or less automated. Hall and Oppenheim plan to roll out support for Flickr, Picasa, Tumblr, and other services next.

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