As anticipated last week, Google has released a web version of their popular photo organizing/sharing software, Picasa.Â Users may now upload images to the internet, and share them with friends.
The interface is much like that of Picasa, and is easy to navigate.Â Just a few clicks and you’re on your way.Â Each account comes with 250 MB of storage space, but an additional 6GB can be purchased for $25/year.
Images can be viewed as a slideshow or thumbnails, and are much bigger than those of competing online photo sharing services.Â To scroll through the images, you use the arrow keys.
Like the launch of Google Spreadsheets, Picasa Web Albums requires a invitation to sign-up for the service. You will need to sign up with your Gmail username and password.Â Google hopes that these beta testers will be able to help provide feedback on the service before its final and complete launch.
Photo sharing is a very popular online activity, and I think once this is publicly available on a large scale, it will attract a lot of users, and Google will be able to capture their share of the photo sharing market.