Back at the start of this millennium, there was an image sharing website called Picasa. Like the original Blogger service, Picasa was taken over by Google and then it was integrated with Blogger. After that point, images that were inserted in Blogger blog posts ended up being added to Picasa Web Albums.
|My Picasa albums|
current album). How much of my available storage space am I using?
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|Google Photos interface|
Upon my first visit to the Google Photos website, I found that they already had some of "my" images in Google Photos. I guess when dealing with Google Photos, I should re-conceptualize "my photos".
According to Google, "Any photos and videos you uploaded to Google+ are in your Google Photos library." However, I can't access my Google+ photo albums from within Google Photo unless I first navigate to Google Photo by way of my Google+ user account (see the menu to the right). Although my Google+ account is "linked" to my main Google account, it seems to lead a life of its own.
|Google+ photo albums (posters).|
One of the interesting settings for Google Photos is shown below:
|With luck, you can opt out of sharing the location of your photos.|
I don't upload photos from a camera to Google's cloud, so I don't personally care if Google is scraping user data such as where photos were taken, but still, it seems like their default could have been set to not capture such user data unless a user opts in. Instead, users have to shut off such features.
|Search "results" in my Google Photos library|
It was about the time when Google Photos went into use that I lost the ability to easily search through my Picasa albums for old images that I want to insert into new blog posts. Google claims that it is easy to use Google Photo to search for images, so I'm wondering if maybe the day is coming when Picasa will be replaced by Google Photo as the image management system for Blogger. However, I suspect that there might not be anyone remaining on Google's staff who has responsibility for maintaining and updating Blogger.
However, if I click on this "search result" then I get the helpful search page shown below (No Results):
|My Google search result!|
|Example of Google Photo's|
image recognition software
Here is one more example of output from Google's algorithm for locating and classifying images (see the "car" in the image to the right).
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