June 23, 2013
Snapjoy, the photo storage service acquired by Dropbox last December, is being snapped shut. Released in October 2012, Snapjoy was a free service aimed at organizing photos and making them accessible anywhere. Dropbox acquired the service and the startup behind it just a couple of months after its launch. As noted by TechCrunch, "when Dropbox bought the company, it stopped taking new sign ups but it also committed to keeping the service open." Open for the next six months, as it turns out. As of today, the Snapjoy service, including the Snapjoy iOS app, will no longer be available. The service termination was announced by the Snapjoy team in a blog post:
After two years of building Snapjoy, the time has come for us to shut down the service. It's been a journey unlike anything we'd imagined, and we can't thank you enough for your support and input along the way.The Snapjoy team is giving users about a month to download their photos from the service. If you're a Snapjoy user and you wish to download your photos, you can do so until July 24, beyond which all photos and data will be permanently deleted. To download your photos, go to this link on your computer, sign in to your Snapjoy account, and download the zip files containing your photos. It's unclear whether Snapjoy will return as or be integrated into a different photo storage service from Dropbox. In any case, let's hope the popular email app Mailbox, which Dropbox acquired last March, won't suffer the same fate anytime soon or, better yet, at all.