Today, they launched the first public trials of Familiar, a new online photo service that turns your computer into a “social picture frame.” What that means is that your closest friends and family members can help “program” the photos you see on your screensaver.
“Mom and dad, aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters can all get connected on Familiar so their screensaver is personalized with the best family photos,” explains Womack, the former vice president and general manager at iLike.
Formerly known as Picadee, the company has other connections to iLike since its angel backers include twin brothers and former iLike executives Ali and Hadi Partovi.
Familiar, which requires a download of the screensaver app, integrates with Flickr and Facebook and allows individuals to self select the people who can access the photos. That solves the privacy problem found on other photo sites where some parents are reluctant to share personal photos.
“Many families have a connected computer in their home, office and maybe even on the kitchen counter,” Womack noted in a blog post. “Wouldn’t it be great if that computer became a picture frame when it’s not being used?”
In an email to GeekWire, Womack noted that they are considering a number of revenue models, from a freemium service to digital goods. “In the near term we’re going to focus on growing the service and delighting customers with new features,” he said.
Here’s a closer look at how Familiar works.