Anytime you sign up for a new product or service online, you need to ask yourself these three questions, says Google's Brian Fitzpatrick:
1. Can I get my data out in an open, interchangeable format?
2. How much will it cost me to do so?
3. How much of my time is it going to take to get my data out?
Of course, most of us neglect to ask these questions, and as such, we frequently find our data "stuck." We're then locked in to using certain products because of the time or money involved in moving elsewhere - that and the lack of a "download your data" button.Continue
Looking for an easy way to move your photos from Facebook to Google Plus? So were we. That's why we were happy to discover this Web application, available in the Chrome Web store, that does the work for you. Available only as a browser add-on for Google Chrome, Move2Picasa exports all your Facebook albums and photos and imports them into Picasa for you, for free.Continue
It looks as though the efforts to bring together Google's services under the "Plus" umbrella might involve rebranding two of Google's longstanding products: Blogger and Picasa. Mashable's Ben Parr reports that the Blogger and Picasa names - not the products - will go away, as early as the end of the month. That timing will coincide with, according to Parr, the opening of Google Plus to the public.Continue
With the launch of Google Plus, there may be some confusion as to how the photos uploaded to the social network (Google+) integrate with Google's online photo-sharing service (Picasa), especially in terms of storage limits. The answer provides some great news for Google Plus users - nearly everything you upload to Google Plus won't count towards your storage limits on Picasa, with the only exception being videos longer than 15 minutes.
And there's another nifty feature involving photo-tagging, too - your Google+ friends can now tag your Picasa photos.Continue
Google has launched a test extension for its Chrome Web browser and browser-based Chrome OS computer operating system which seems to solve the problem of easily moving photos from a camera to online services like Google's Picasa. This is more of challenge for Google's so-called "cloud" operating system, Chrome OS, which is little more than a Web browser running on a notebook computer.Continue
A new photo-sharing startup launches today in private beta, no doubt entering what it an incredibly crowded space. But ZangZing hopes that its approach is unique enough to make it stand out from the rest.
That approach differs from many of the other photo-sharing apps on the market in two key ways. First, ZangZing makes it easy to pull together photos from multiple sources, uploaded by multiple people into one single album. Second, ZangZing emphasizes privacy. Using a photo service, in other words, needn't be a trade-off between privacy and group sharing.Continue
Facial recognition meets Search. We knew this was coming, right?
CNN reports that Google is working on a mobile app that will use facial recognition technology to turn mobile phone photos into a means to identify people. The app would serve as a form of visual "search," displaying results including name and email address.
Updated: Google says it is not working on a mobile app of this nature and would not introduce any facial recognition technology into any of its apps "unless there was a strong privacy model in place."Continue