Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Onion Parodies Photo Services With "Netpix"

A "Netpix" user checks out some of the latest offerings in the "African-American pilots" genre.

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The Onion launched a full-fledged parody of photo sharing site, called "Netpix," complete with its own Netflix-like website and Facebook page. The premise of the parody is subscribers will be able to receive up to three pictures at a time, from a wide array of genres, for a monthly fee. Genres include family photos, sunsets, crime scene photos and more. Here's an excerpt:

"Launched in April, the new service offers a wide array of photos and genres, including pictures of sunsets, images of friends sitting around picnic tables, grisly crime scene photos, the complete works of Ansel Adams, snapshots of Carol and her dog, and recent portraits from Tanya Kohler's baby shower at the Treehouse restaurant in Manchester, NH.

" 'It's so convenient. You get a photo in your mailbox, look at it for a while, and then drop it in the prepaid envelope and send it back,' Houston resident Jonathan Collins said. 'I'll never look at pictures the same way again.'

"The company was founded by computer programmers and photography buffs Wallace Lockhart and Kurt Griggs, and has already amassed nearly 50 million users.

"Immediately after signing up, subscribers can begin adding images they wish to look at to their rental queue. They then receive an e-mail notification indicating that the photos have been shipped from a nearby distribution facility and will arrive by mail within three business days.

" 'Our members can keep photographs for as long as they want without ever having to worry about late fees,' said Griggs, the company's president, adding that Netpix is much simpler than trying to pick out pictures to look at at the local photo store. 'We have something for everyone. Whether you like extreme close-ups of flowers or candid shots of Dave passed out on the couch, it's all here.' "

[Via PMA Newsline, photo: The Onjion]
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