What is Eye-Fi? The Eye-Fi Card is a wireless memory card. It automatically uploads pictures from your digital camera to your PC or Mac and to your favorite photo sharing, printing, blogging or social networking site.
No cables, no waiting, no hassles.
What have we done?
I’ve been working with the awesome team at Eye-Fi (and others from Windows Live – shout out to JP Wollersheim, Federico Raggi & YuanYuan Yu) to enable user’s photos to be seamlessly transferred from their camera into their Windows Live Space. We weren’t the first to the party here as our Photo API only came out in November, but it is awesome that any of our 100 million+ Windows Live Spaces users could use this Eye-Fi service.
Why would I publish to Spaces and not some other service?
Other people (not me, I’m a super extravert) may only want to share their photos with friends and family (i.e. the people on your Windows Live Messenger Buddy List). Using Windows Live Spaces it is really easy to setup those permissions. That way you get the flexibility of instantly sharing your pictures, but knowing they are secure. You can also store lots more information in your Windows Live Space which you can securely share with your friends & family, so it is more than just a photo sharing site.
How did they do it?
Eye-Fi used the Windows Live Spaces Photo API which allows users to delegate permission for Eye-Fi to Create/Read/Update/Delete Photos & Albums in their Windows Live Space. Delegation is important (as I mentioned in this Wired article with my new promotion) because users should never share their Windows Live ID credentials (username & password). The end user is also in control of their information as they can revoke permissions, so any web site they have granted access to will need to re-request.
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