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Google Announced Open Gallery -- what do you think it means for photo hosting ?

 
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Aug 11, 2014 18:50 |  #1

Google has begun to roll out their Open Gallery, (external link) on invitation only.

It's oriented to displaying studio work and is intended, I believe, to be a more sedate, business, platform than, say, Flickr or Tumblr.

I found the set up easy, and will be adding more photo sets to it.

Naturally, it comes at Google's price: 0.


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Aug 12, 2014 01:45 |  #2

This looks useful. Thanks for the heads up!


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Aug 12, 2014 02:46 |  #3

Beware that this needs to sign in with your account, giving your email and password to Google...
God save us from friends who give my email in their mailing list due to ignorance to other potential source of trouble... No wonder my account has this much spam and then google come back and says your storage limit is reached, either delete or start paying Google for more storage!


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Aug 12, 2014 03:01 |  #4
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Pictures grabs for Google. No thanks. There's no such thing as free.


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Aug 12, 2014 03:20 |  #5

Alveric wrote in post #17090594 (external link)
Pictures grabs for Google. No thanks. There's no such thing as free.

haha so true

nevertheless it is intersting to see who will use Open Gallery or in general need that tool.




  
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Aug 12, 2014 06:04 |  #6

Be very carefull with Google -

  • DO read EVERY word of their terms
  • DO read the history of Google
  • DO understand that Google can and does change their terms often
  • DO understand that you are not their customer, you are their product to sell


As an example, not long ago Google wanted to enter the social media business so they developed BUZZ. Then Google made all GMail users a BUZZ member, without user consent. Upon activation of this "service" ALL name in a users address book were made visible to all the others in the book!!

At that time my boss was in my address book, along with numerous companies I had applied for positions - not a good situation.

I will NEVER, as in EVER, trust Google with ANY files or email addresses for any "service" they offer.

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Aug 12, 2014 06:17 as a reply to  @ gewb's post |  #7

Here's the FAQ

https://support.google​.com …lery/answer/600​2688?hl=en (external link)

And, here's the Terms of Service:

https://www.google.com​/opengallery/terms (external link)

It's still looking like a very good option to my eyes. Not sure what would be a better option (other than hosting and maintaining my own material).


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Aug 12, 2014 08:32 |  #8

From the terms:

Our Platform allows you to submit content. You retain ownership of any intellectual property rights that you hold in that content. In short, what belongs to you stays yours.

Our Platform will give you the option to make your content discoverable either (a) narrowly, through Google Open Gallery only; or (b) broadly, through both Google Open Gallery and other Google products and services (collectively, the "Discoverability Options").

When you upload or otherwise submit content to our Platform, you give Google (and those we work with) a non-exclusive, royalty-free, worldwide license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes we make so that your content works better with our Platform), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content according to the Discoverability Options you select through the Platform.

The rights you grant in this license are for the limited purpose of operating and promoting the Platform, and improving the discoverability of your content according to the Discoverability Options you select through the Platform.

You can access and remove your content from the Platform at any time, and we will stop using the content that you provided through the Platform as soon as our systems are able to delete the content from our licensed content databases. Also, there are terms or settings that narrow the scope of our use of the content submitted through the Platform.

As long as the bolded portion stays in the TOS- I would have no problem using it.




  
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Aug 12, 2014 08:46 |  #9

Kumsa wrote in post #17090725 (external link)
Here's the FAQ

https://support.google​.com …lery/answer/600​2688?hl=en (external link)

And, here's the Terms of Service:

https://www.google.com​/opengallery/terms (external link)

It's still looking like a very good option to my eyes. Not sure what would be a better option (other than hosting and maintaining my own material).

I am sorry that you don't get it, but if you are my friend please do me a great favor and remove my email data from your contact address books....
There are too many people suffering from friends that's why they say: With friends like this, you don't need...........s


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Aug 18, 2014 01:59 |  #10

samsen wrote in post #17090911 (external link)
I am sorry that you don't get it, but if you are my friend please do me a great favor and remove my email data from your contact address books....
There are too many people suffering from friends that's why they say: With friends like this, you don't need...........s

Do you think that you're safe from sharing information on the net if you keep your email address safe? Everytime you turn on your computer, you're sharing info to someone out there. Just because you can't see spam emails doesn't mean it's not happening.




  
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Aug 19, 2014 00:00 |  #11

looks promising to me. and our photos will be hosted on Google so, we'll get more exposure on that




  
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Aug 31, 2014 20:47 |  #12

gewb wrote in post #17090711 (external link)
As an example, not long ago Google wanted to enter the social media business so they developed BUZZ. Then Google made all GMail users a BUZZ member, without user consent. Upon activation of this "service" ALL name in a users address book were made visible to all the others in the book!!

This is the main reason I don't keep an address book or contact list on any of my Yahoo or Google accounts.


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Sep 02, 2014 06:53 |  #13

Seems interesting, thanks for sharing.

As far as spamming etc... beside the fact that some Google services are a bit fast to grab data from your contact list (the Buzz exemple is a good one and I think they learned from that), usually it's not Google's fault if you get spam in your mail, much more the user's... I work in IT, I know how to be careful and try to limit the personal data without getting paranoid, I've used GMail daily for more than 8 years now and I don't get more than 1 or 2 spams per week in a crowded week, and they are automatically detected as such.

Don't blame the tool if you don't know how to use to :)


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Sep 02, 2014 13:04 |  #14

Reiep wrote in post #17131056 (external link)
I work in IT

Don't blame the tool if you don't know how to use to :)

If you have to be a professional to use a tool, DON'T provide it for mass population.

Or better, general people Beware!
No paranoia here. Google is rich for a good reason, "YOU" being their product and they will sell you no mater what.

Yahoo is still a lot better and that is what I am using for more than 15 years.


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Sep 02, 2014 13:21 |  #15

Seems like just a fancy version of GoogleDrive or OneDrive. I use both these just a little bit for temporary sharing - I put a batch of pics up, send out link emails, give them time to view/download what they want, then delete the pics after a few weeks.

For an amateur like me, it's easier than distributing using disks or usb's.

I think Google is looking for business/pros to fill up their space so they can eventually charge $.


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