Dropbox Shuts Down Photo Storage Site Snapjoy Just 6 Months After Acquiring It


Back in December, Dropbox acquired the photo storage service Snapjoy, seemingly getting ready to jump head first into the cloud sharing battle. At the time, the announcement on the Snapjoy blog rang with excitement, and even though they weren’t going to be accepting new signups, they promised that “your photos are safe!”

Well, not anymore. As of yesterday, Dropbox has officially decided to shut down the service — a decision that was confirmed by Snapjoy on its blog and through an email to all of its remaining subscribers.

Here’s that announcement:


Before its acquisition, Snapjoy was a half aggregator, half storage site. It would pull your photos from the myriad services and devices they were stored on and collect them all in one place. As Dropbox continues to make moves into the photo storage and sharing game, the acquisition made sense.

The reasons behind Snapjoy’s untimely end, on the other hand, are less known. It’s possible (even likely) that the Snapjoy code and employees will be behind a forthcoming photo-centric update to Dropbox, but it’s unfortunate for Snapjoy users that the service has to be shut down before that update comes about.


As you can see from the announcement above, Snapjoy users have just over a month to log in to the service and download a .ZIP file with all of their photos before the entire service goes down and your pics along with it. It just goes to show, when it comes to the cloud, your photos are only as secure as the company in charge of them.

(via TechCrunch)

  • Rabi Abonour

    It seems really dishonest when a company buys another, only to shutter it soon after. Even if there was a legitimate desire at first to keep the purchased company going, it feels anti-competitive.

  • John Sluder

    The cloud is the furture, just not in my future

  • Chris

    Why? Many start-ups are premised on the idea of getting bought out (unless they explode and become a Facebook/Twitter/Flickr). And it’s great for Dropbox because they minimize competition and add a staff that can improve their product

    I don’t need or really want 50 different cloud storage options that do a mediocre job. I’d much rather there be 3 or 4 that do an incredible job and push each other.

  • Steve Nordquist

    Cloud Strife;
    Gaming The Ancient,

  • PodcastSteve

    This just continues to underscore the real vulnerability everyone faces when they depend solely on a cloud service for the promise of storage. No one, no company, no matter how cute their name, is going to care as much as you do about preserving your content. You have to preserve it yourself outside the cloud first, and then use the cloud as a reference book. Then you won’t be devastated or panicked when they change their business model and say “never mind…”

  • oldtaku

    Never, ever use a cloud service as the only repository for your photos. You shouldn’t have to even download your photos from Snapjoy. What if they didn’t give you any warning?

    Make sure you have your own copies at home or office (and BACKUPS!)

    It seems ridiculous to have to actually say that, but we keep hearing of people losing two years of photos when some site goes down without warning or accidentally loses all their data.

  • ramanauskas

    How big an idiot do you have to be to trust Dropbox with any of your data after this?

  • Genkakuzai

    Preeeetty big.

  • A_Lwin

    I agree, I prefer quality over quantity.

  • jsjedwjkwe

    the cloud is for complete idi*ts….

    i only wonder that some low IQ people still donĀ“t get that.
    even the most stupid village idi*t should have noticed this by now.

  • Glupot

    Who needs this the NSA is storing everything that goes up on the web. They should give use each a log in, we’re paying for it!

  • APai

    while you have a good point. why is choice bad ? why would you not want mom and pop stores, but instead only one big walmart ?

  • APai

    :) yes please.