- Acquired by Threefold Photos
- June 15, 1995
- Narendra Rocherolle, Nick Wilder, Diana Donovan, Andy Laakmann, Josh Fraser, Mike Sitrin
- Corte Madera, CA
- Utilities, Photography
- Webshots is a photo sharing website providing wallpapers and screensavers from a gallery of professional stock photography.
Webshots, the pioneering photo sharing site founded in 1995, released its Webshots Wallpaper & Screensaver in May 2013.
The original founders re-acquired the company from American Greetings in October 2012, making this the third time that they have owned their own company. Webshots Wallpaper & Screensaver offers a Gallery of 1,000 professional photos and new photos published daily.
Among many milestones, Webshots created the first versions of photo uploading, public photo sharing, image search, cloud-enabled photo management, and social network “following” way back in 1999. By 2004, it was a Top 20 media property and in the mainstream long before Flickr became the photo sharing icon of the Web 2.0 era. At its peak, Webshots had more than 40 million members and the most downloaded wallpaper/screensaver software in history.
Webshots’ corporate timeline serves as a Silicon Valley history lesson in itself. Riding the wave of the .COM boom, Webshots was aquired by Excite@Home for for $82 million. Once the bubble burst and Excite went bankrupt, Webshots' founders reacquired the company for pennies on the dollar. As Web 2.0 gained steam, it was sold again to CNET for $71 million. CNET in turn sold the company to sold to American Greetings for $45 million, as competitors like Flickr and Facebook began their ascendancy photo sharing market. In 2012, it returned to the original owners again in the form of Threefold Photos, Inc.
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