Yesterday I took a look at Google's Picasa Web Albums offering. I know it's been around for some time, but after encouragement from various people, it seemed like it was time to finally get some first-hand experience and see what it's all about.
When using Flickr, one feels more like one is mounting an exhibition of 'artwork' for the world to view; screen-furniture is kept to a minimum, the title is emboldened at the top of the page and each image is well spaced. Using Picasa Web Albums, the experience is more like merely 'throwing' a miscellaneous set of photos online; the thumbnail view is cluttered, images feel squashed together. Things just feel far less artistic and considered.
However, I am acutely aware that, for many people, the Google approach is far less confusing for viewing photos and better geared to - at the risk of sound like an internet snob - the average user. Certainly, when it comes to uploading, not having to tag photos makes it a much more pleasant experience.
For the time being, I'll probably keep both Flickr and my Picasa Web Album up-to-date and we can see how they fair against each other:
- Picasa Web Album
Please feel free to comment on your viewing-preferences -- it might affect which I decide to stick with in the longer-term ;).
Update: After much deliberation, I've decided to stick with Flickr for the time being and have closed down my Picasa Web Album. Better luck next time Google.