Friday seems to be a popular day for debuting Instagram applications and services, as startup Piccolo announced its beta launch, aimed at allowing users to automatically receive printed copies of their photos on Facebook and Instagram each month, as well as having those same photos sent to family or friends.
Piccolo allows users to connect their Facebook and Instagram accounts, and it sends them emails each month with all of the photos they have shared, allowing users to pick which ones they want printed, or automatically selecting the most popular images.
The company said Instagram photos are printed at four inches by four inches, while Facebook photos are printed at four inches by six inches.
Three Piccolo pricing plans are available, each of which includes monthly summaries of people and places in photos that were shared, cloud backup of all shared images, and shipping and handling:
- Mini: $10 per month with a one-year subscription, or $12 per month on a month-by-month basis, includes up to 20 prints each month.
- Mezzo: $15 per month with a one-year subscription, or $18 per month on a month-by-month basis, includes up to 40 prints each month.
- Max: $20 per month with a one-year subscription, or $24 per month on a month-by-month basis, includes up to 60 prints each month.
Co-Founder Kate Oppenheim, partner and executive producer at Brooklyn-based creative production company m ss ng p eces, told TechCrunch she got the idea for Piccolo after scuffling with an IFTTT recipe that automatically copied the thousands of photos she saved on Facebook and Instagram each month to Dropbox, adding:
It was very frustrating. Also, I was going through this very strange process of having to download photos and uploading them again, which was really slow. A lot of the photo-printing sites out there are built on old technology.
We hope that you pick a plan that meets your needs every month, so you don’t have to do a lot of work. But if you go over your plan — if you pick the mini plan, but you have 26 photos — we’ll print the 20 most popular photos.
Oppenheim told TechCrunch Piccolo plans to add other photo-sharing services, including Flickr, Picasa, and Tumblr.
Readers: Would you be interested in a service like Piccolo?