Google+ Makes A Play For Social Photo Sharing

Google tries to steal some of Flickr's thunder with full-size photo sharing.

Google now allows users to switch on full-size photo uploading for sharing through Google+.

Though this seems a small adjustment, it's actually a powerful way for amateur and professional photographers to share full-sized imagery online—in much the same way as they would through Flickr, but with Google+'s greater networking powers.

TheNextWeb.com notes that photos shared this way will inevitably eat into the free download space that Google allows its users, because the images aren't compressed to web-friendly sizes. This fact is critical for photographers who may want to use G+ as a way of sharing imagery at high quality.

Yahoo's Flickr is perhaps the most well-known social photo sharing site that fits in this mold, but in several ways—including, critically, search functions—G+ may have more to offer. Better search may enable photographers to get their work seen by a bigger audience—for example, Fast Company uses photos available for use through Creative Commons on posts like this one.

Flickr, conscious of upcoming threats like this, has recently taken steps like radically overhauling its own mobile app.

[Image: Flickr user 53engineer]

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  • emyren

    Google Photos/Picasa were exceptional products until Google Plus came along. Now most of the photo enthusiast I know are exploring other sites so they don't have to be part of the this forced social platform. None of the people I know on LinkedIn or Facebook use Google Plus but Google keeps showing inflated numbers because most of its users are actually signing in to use Gmail, Docs, Youtube, Photos, etc. I guess none of the top brass at Google want to say the emperor isn't wearing any clothes. Google makes great products but please quit forcing everyone to be part of Google Plus.