Smartphone -> Facebook -> CVS Express Photo App: If You Still Print Photos

Long ago in this very galaxy people used to imprint photographic images chemically on roll of something called film. These rolls were generally limited to 12, 24, or 36 images each. 36 photos is roughly 144MB of digital storage today. So, film was a very low capacity storage medium. An 8GB card today is roughly equivalent to 50 to 60 rolls of film with 36 photos per roll. If you shoot in RAW mode, well, that’s a different story. As soon as a roll was full, you would run down to someplace to have the film developed. Typically, it was your corner drugstore. You’d generally wait a few days (until one-hour processing arrived) and then finally see photos (most of which you had already forgotten about).

You don’t see many people standing in line to get film developed or printing photos these days (with the possible exception of holiday cards made from a digital photo). So, if people aren’t going to go to the local drugstore to print a photo, the drugstore has to come to them. That is what CVS Pharmacy has with its CVS Express Photo App. The app in this case is a Facebook app. However, since a huge number of photos posted to Facebook were created by a smartphone, you can imagine the new photo print sequence is:

Smartphone -> upload to Facebook -> use CVS Express Photo App to print a photo

You can find this Facebook app linked on CVS’s Facebook page found at:

http://www.facebook.com/CVS