Facebook To Buy Divvyshot - InformationWeek
IoT
IoT
Software // Social
News
4/5/2010
09:27 AM
50%
50%
RELATED EVENTS
Useing Threat Data to Improve Your Cyber Defense
Aug 10, 2017
Attend this webinar to learn how you can determine which threats pose the greatest danger to your ...Read More>>

Facebook To Buy Divvyshot

Terms of the social networking site's deal to acquire the online photo archiving site were not disclosed.

Facebook has bought the online photo archiving site Divvyshot, which has asked users to prepare to move their pictures off the company's servers.

Divvyshot announced the acquisition Friday, saying it had "received an offer we can't refuse." Financial details were not disclosed.

"Facebook is well known as a company where engineers are given the resources and freedom to build cool stuff and, as a result, the only place where we felt that we would fit in," the Divvyshot statement said.

While the acquisition is good news for Divvyshot founder Sam Odio, it's likely to be a headache for users, who will have to remove their original photos by downloading them as Zip files.

Odio and Divvyshot designer Michael Yuan and developer Paul Carduner, the only employees of the 1-year-old company, acknowledged in the statement that the closing of Divvyshot could upset some users.

"We know many of our users will have mixed feelings about this move," the statement said. "While this means Divvyshot as you know it will cease to exist, it's important to realize that our unique approach to photos will live on."

The company said the site would function normally for the next two weeks, after which Divvyshot would begin to turn off features every two weeks. First to be disabled will be the ability to create group photo albums called "events," followed by photo uploads. Lastly, visitors will be redirected to Facebook.

Odio, Yuan, and Carduner will join Facebook's engineering team and focus on Facebook Photos.

Divvyshot enabled users to organize photos into collections in which groups of people could contribute pictures, eliminating the need for each person to post their own separate photo album on a collective trip to the beach or a friend's wedding. Divvyshot was designed to be accessible through a computer's Web browser or through an Apple iPhone application.

In joining Facebook, the startup becomes part of the largest online social network on the Web. Facebook last month surpassed Google as the most visited Website in the United States, according to Web metrics firm Hitwise.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
To learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
IT Strategies to Conquer the Cloud
Chances are your organization is adopting cloud computing in one way or another -- or in multiple ways. Understanding the skills you need and how cloud affects IT operations and networking will help you adapt.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Flash Poll