I suspect that many of the readers of this column don’t remember the sinking feeling of arriving at someone’s home in response to a dinner invitation, only to find a Kodak Carousel slide projector set up on the living room coffee table. It meant that you were in for hours of post-meal “entertainment” of reviewing all the family’s photos of their latest trip to somewhere or other. And most people seemed to be of the mindset that if they paid to get a slide developed, then by gosh they were going to show it. Even worse was seeing a Super 8 movie projector waiting for you to finish the meal.
Well, most people don’t have slide projectors anymore, but the new Internet-connected entertainment environment has given you something better: your livingroom HDTV. Most people find it too difficult to locate their digital photos and home movies, let alone figure out how to get them on their big screen. Now you have a solution for that problem. Snap for TV is a Yahoo! Connected TV service that lets you access your photos from 16 of the most popular photo storage and social media service on the Internet, including Flickr, Picasa, and Facebook. You can also access pictures that other people have shared with you on those sites. You can create albums or slide shows to make it easy to share them with friends or guests.
Just remember to feed them a good dinner first. It’s only fair.
Here’s a brief video about the Snap service, which also is available for other devices besides your TV: