Facebook, Target Team Up to Print Photos
Facebook has expanded its vast empire, giving users a chance to browse and print their pictures at Target's Kodak photo kiosks.
The kiosks at Target's retail stores connect to the Web, so there's no need to bring anything but your Facebook login information. All photo printing options will be available, including DVD slideshows, greeting cards, photo books and collages.
In a press release, Target refers to the feature as "Social Network Connectivity," suggesting that other online photos sources could be included later, but for now, it's just Facebook.
Facebook has been aggressive on photo features this month. The site added support for high-resolution photos, rebuilt its uploader for faster processing and tagging, and tweaked the photo viewer to include a dark frame around pictures and speedier navigation. Facebook also introduced a data download feature, ostensibly to give users more control over their information, but more practically to let users pull down all their photos in bulk.
All Facebook theorizes that these recent moves are a preemptive play against whatever social network Google is working on. I think the goal is simpler: Get bigger. In just a few months, 65 million Facebook users were clicking the "Like" button daily across the Web. With Open Graph, Facebook also allows other websites to personalize their offerings based on what the social network knows about its users.
After conquering the Web, branching into the outside world is the next logical step. Creepy? Sure, but useful nonetheless.