Now that Google has finally chosen Google Hangouts to take up the social media space that Google+ failed to fill, the company has decided to make Google Photos less about social interactions between users and more about the photos.
Google Photos’ best feature is the unlimited storage space on the Cloud that it offers its users. Ever since its release, it has been marketed as the place to store all your photos, old and new, a digital photo drawer if you will.
And now, the company is expanding on that particular brand image, because it is trying to convince users to upload as many old photos as they possibly can, so that they can get the chance to be reminded of meaningful moments in their past from time to time.
Looking at old photos is something people don’t do all that often, mainly because it’s not on out minds. However, every time we get a trigger that takes us to that photo drawer, whether digital or an actual photo drawer in our homes, we end up having a great time reminiscing about past times and the way things used to be.
This is precisely what Google Photos wants to do, it wants to send you periodic notices regarding meaningful moments in your past, so that you get the chance to remember some of your best times. This is the main reason why Photos is asking users to upload everything that they can find on old hard drives, DVDs, CDs or even old film that never actually got developed. The more you pose, the closer you will be with your memories.
Furthermore, Google Photos is aiming to make this feature a heartwarming one, that will require quite some time to sort through old pictures so that it could remind users of moments that actually count from the past, not pictures that were taken a certain amount of time back. So, it shouldn’t be an annoying feature like Facebook’s Memories, that just resurfaces pics that you took a year or two back, that have nu specific significance.
Having all your pictures in one place sounds like a good plan, since you never have to look in more than one place for them, but then again by uploading them into Google Photos, you are sharing all of them with Google and its image recognition systems, which somehow never actually stopped being creepy.
It remains to be seen just how many Google Photos users are willing to share their childhood pictures with the networks, but in spite of all the cyber weirdness, it sounds like a pretty good thing for something to provide you with reasons to reconnect with your past and your fondest memories.
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