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Gatherround.com, the photo sharing / photo finishing site has announced that it will be "discontinuing service" on 1st November. Gatherround joins Zing and several other photo finishing sites in the "great internet shake-up". Just like Zing, Gatherround users are being offered an account with Ofoto as well as 15 free prints for making the move. From their FAQ page: "Why is GatherRound.com going away? We feel our customers will be better served by a service such as Ofoto, whose primary business focus is online photo sharing and printing"
Here's the message from their website:
GatherRound.com will discontinue service at the end of October. Because we understand how important your photos are to you, we have developed two methods for you to move your images off the site so they will not be lost.
We are teaming up with Ofoto, Kodak's online photo service, to provide a new home for your images. Just select the "Transfer" option from the My Albums page to transfer all your GatherRound albums to Ofoto. If you do not already have an Ofoto account, we will take you to the sign up page for the service. Since the two services are different, some of the information you have on GatherRound.com, such as address book entries and album talk comments will not be transferred. Click here for details.
The transfer process is automated - you just click a button and we'll transfer your images for you - but may take a few days to complete. Ofoto offers a good service and we hope you will enjoy using it.
As part of this unique arrangement, Ofoto is extending an exclusive, limited-time introductory offer of 15 free 4 x 6" prints, plus a buy one, get one free special promotion on wallet-size prints for all GatherRound.com users who join Ofoto. Click here for details.
We have also added capabilities for downloading your full-resolution pictures to your PC using your browser. The step-by-step process for doing this is also initiated on the My Albums page.
From now through October 31, 2001, you will still be able to view your images on GatherRound.com, and guests you have already invited to visit albums will still be able to see them. You can also continue to order prints and gifts for a limited time. But, the site is not accepting new members or new images.
We encourage you to make the move to Ofoto as quickly as possible. Or, download the images you wish to save to your own computer. On November 1st, they will no longer be accessible on GatherRound.com.
The GatherRound.com team would like to thank you for your patronage. We sincerely hope that you've enjoyed using the service and that you continue to enjoy your photos online.
The GatherRound Team