StreamNation compra Picturelife

Ayer me quejaba de que Apple aplaza sine die Photos para OS X y que por tanto se desentiende de las fotos de nuestro Mac, suponiendo eso para mí retomar más en serio Picturelife. Hoy se acaba de conocer que StreamNation, la empresa que quiere ser tu biblioteca multimedia en la nube, ha adquirido Picturelife, con la intención que se convierta en la parte de fotografía de su servicio.

El email que ha enviado StreamNation a sus usuarios plantea un plan con tres fases:

  1. Mover Picturelife de Amazon S3 a los propios servidores de StreamNation.
  2. Replicar cuentas y logins: cuando haces login o te suscribes en un servicio automáticamente lo haces en el otro.
  3. Una única cuenta: Picturelife será una opción más dentro de los servicios que ofrece StreamNation y se accederá a todo desde su plataforma.

Os dejo el original en inglés por si tú, querido lector, entiendes otra cosa, porque me parece un poco confusa la explicación:

So here is our plan: first, Picturelife and StreamNation use two different platforms so our first objective will be to merge the two platforms into one: we host our own servers while Picturelife is on Amazon cloud. Second, we will start working on the account management to offer a single sign-in/sign-up across the two products. Third we will launch new offers combining the new services so eventually you will have one single account, one single subscription, one platform, two products and all your media.

Dado que de momento no existe pronunciación oficial por parte de Picturelife más allá de un lacónico “As of January 2015, PictureLife has been acquired by StreamNation.” en la sección About de su web, quiero entender que los usuarios de Picturelife no nos veremos afectados por esto hasta llegado el punto 3, cuando desaparecerá la web del servicio actual y tendremos que acceder vía StreamNation.

Aunque parece que esta vez los “usuarios comprados” no vamos a salir del todo mal parados, no puedo evitar de alguna forma estar de acuerdo con este tweet.

ACTUALIZACIÓN

1 segundo después de publicar este post, Nate Westheimer, CEO de Picturelife, nos manda un email en el que se pone las gafas de sol y la camisa hawaiana mientras se despide, asegurándonos que todo seguirá igual para nosotros y que StreamNation cuidará de nuestras fotos:

Today, I am excited to announce that Picturelife has been acquired by StreamNation, giving you and your photos a safe and secure future with a company we’ve come to know and love – one you’re sure to love as well.

What does this mean for you and why did we sell Picturelife?

Late last year, we started thinking about ways to make certain that Picturelife and its customers were around for years to come. Over the course of our 3 years in business, we had built an amazingly passionate and committed community of customers. We knew there were many options for them in the market, but they chose Picturelife, and we did not take that lightly.

Meanwhile, as a small company, we were worried about the prospects of one day not being able to keep our customers happy, or making them leave our service because we could no longer support our business. Not yet profitable, and considering the importance of the data we were handling for you, these worries were unacceptable to have, and we wanted to find a way to alleviate them.

Then we met StreamNation: a company that shared our vision for storing a lifetime of photos and also shared our values in focusing on what’s best for customers.

Not only did StreamNation share our vision and values, they also provided a beautiful, compelling platform itself – a platform with ambitious scope and an exciting future. Additionally, StreamNation had the means to ensure that our customers were well taken care of, now and in the future.

Soon after we met StreamNation, we knew: Picturelife and its customers had found a home.

And so, this announcement serves as an important milestone for Picturelife and our customers, but it is not goodbye. While I’ll be moving on to a new journey, some of our most dedicated team members will be joining the StreamNation family and will continue to serve you – working to combine our platforms to give you the best possible experience.

During these last few years, your belief in Picturelife, our team, and our product has been a profound blessing. I am excited for you and the team for what’s to come, and believe the best is yet to come.

Thank you, always,

Nate Westheimer
Former CEO & Co-founder, Picturelife