Snapfish is a web-based photo sharing and photo printing service currently owned by Hewlett-Packard.
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Snapfish was launched in April 2000 by entrepreneurs Rajil Kapoor, Suneet Wadhwa, Shripati Acharya, and Bala Parthasarathy. In 2005, Snapfish was bought by HP.
Snapfish is based in San Francisco, California. In 2004, Snapfish opened a physical retail store in Alexandria, Virginia, but they are not currently maintaining the retail stores.
Snapfish offers free membership with unlimited photo storage. Members can use their uploaded photos to share and to create photo products.
Snapfish members can share photo albums, individual photos, animated Snapshows, Group Rooms or Snapfish products. Members can share via email, link URL, and to various other web services such as facebook, blogger and mySpace. Like Facebook and unlike Flickr, a Snapfish account is required to view shared photos. An invitation sent from a member to view their photos on Snapfish would require the recipient to create a Snapfish account before viewing.
Snapfish offers a service called Group rooms for sharing amongst many members.
Snapfish profits from their personalized photo products such as prints, photo books, cards and mugs. Snapfish members can personalize their products in several ways such as adding their photos and, in some cases, adding captions or designed templates. Depending on the product, Snapfish USA supports retail pickup at Meijer, Walgreens, Longs, Staples and BI-LO.
As of 2007, Snapfish claims to have 40 million members and to host 1 billion digital pictures.
In June 2008, Snapfish stopped its image hosting service, which means images stored on Snapfish can no longer be linked to other websites.