Personal Tech Pipeline | News | AOL Revamps Picture Service For Holiday Season

White Papers

Sponsor Resources

WebCasts
Free Newsletter GlossaryContact UsAbout Us
Players & CamsPhones & PDAsHome & AutoOnline

November 17, 2005

AOL Revamps Picture Service For Holiday Season



Courtesy of TechWeb News

America Online Inc. on Thursday launched an overhaul of its picture service in preparation for the holiday season, when millions of Americans share pictures with family and friends.

AOL Pictures, formerly You've Got Pictures, is tightly integrated with ad-supported social-networking services on AOL, such as instant messaging and blogging. Picture services also build loyalty and keep visitors on a site longer.

As a promotion, AOL is offering to print at no charge 100 pictures in 4" by 6" glossy or matte format. The promotion applies to all users of the service, which is also free. In addition, AOL, a division of Time Warner Inc., provides unlimited storage and tools for editing and for making online photo albums. Pictures are accessible through an Internet-connected computer or mobile phone.

The photo-printing business has grown steadily with the increasing popularity of digital cameras. In 2003, 2004 and 2005, the number of digital photos printed were 7 billion, 13.5 billion and 18.3 billion, respectively, according to International Data Corp.

The online services, however, have the smallest slice of the market. This year, IDC expects 65 percent of digital photos to be printed in the home, 25 percent at a store or kiosk and the rest via the Internet.

Nevertheless, Web portals generate most of their revenues from online advertising, and photo services help build better ad networks. Among AOL's rivals, Yahoo Inc. offers some of the stiffest competition with its Flickr service, which the portal bought this year.

AOL, based in Dulles, Va., says its picture service has more than 6 million monthly visitors and stores nearly 300 million photos.

E-mail This Story
Print This Story
Reprint This Story




Get the latest Personal Tech news, product info, and trends every week.


Related Content

  Right-click and choose Copy to extract RSS Feed URL  Personal Tech Pipeline's Main RSS Feed
  Right-click and choose Copy to extract RSS Feed URL  Personal Tech Pipeline's Blog RSS Feed



Keeping Up To Date On Enterprise Server Tech?
Review our compilation of columns on server security, database software, and Linux issues.
How to Achieve High Performance Through IT
Learn to achieve high performance by aligning IT to
strategic objectives and solutions to unlock that value.
Using Current Performance to Shape
Future Results

Hear new strategies for improving business
performance and results.

Editor's Picks

Well, Microsoft has "unfolded" its "Origami" ultra-mobile PC platform Thursday. It turned out to be a full-featured PC smaller than a tablet but bigger than a PDA. Are you impressed?
Yes! I want one!
Sort of. We'll see.
No! It's too big for a pocket and too small for real computing. What's the point?


In search of personal tech products? See our new Product Finder, where you'll find personal computing devices, communications solutions, security products, and more.



PERSONAL TECH PIPELINE MARKETPLACE (sponsored links)
Transform your IT infrastructure with IBM
Successful CIOs see IT as a prime stimulus for business innovation-and themselves as key participants in a process that develops business and IT strategies in concert. Read an executive summary and register to download the full IBM paper.

Symantec Backup Solutions
Desktop to Data Center Protection. Explore the Official Symantec Site.

Block or Secure IM Use
IM threats up 250%. Protect your corporate network. Free Download.

Secure & Easy Console Management with Digi CM
The Digi CM console server provides secure, intelligent & easy access to network devices with a serial console port. With Digi CM, you can securely monitor & control servers, routers, switches & other devices even when your network is down.

Understand the financial impact of open source.
Will open source pay off? Open source is becoming standard within enterprises, often because of cost savings. Find out how much of a financial impact it can have on your organization. Get this methodology and calculator now, compliments of JBoss. Go!


Buy a Link Now


Top ten search terms from the TechWeb TechEncyclopedia
How does your pay rate? Check the InformationWeek Salary Survey
Mobilized Solutions Guide: Find and compare solutions for your business
Top Requested White Paper Categories from TechWeb White paper Library
Top ten search terms from the TechWeb TechEncyclopedia