Google+ Team Intent on Stealing Flickr’s Photo Sharing Crown

Over the last couple of days Google has been hosting the “Hangout In Real Life” Google+ Photographers Conference in San Francisco, and if anything has come out of the conference at all, it’s that Google is intent on making Google+ the photo sharing service of the future.

Already popular amongst photographers, Google+ made several good moves from the beginning of its foray into photo sharing: pictures show up full-sized, the new Google+ iPhone app is extremely photo-centric, and this conference to name a few. And their attitude towards photography seems spot on; as VP of product Bradley Horowitz put it: “Photos are the lifeblood of our service.”

But there’s another reason why many are speculating that Google is lining services like Yahoo!’s Flickr up in the cross-hairs: Bradley Horowitz was actually the executive at Yahoo! who led the charge to buy Flickr back in 2005. Given Horowitz comments and the amount of attention Google is lavishing on photographers, it’s quite clear that Google is aiming for photo sharing domination — something Facebook is pursuing as well.

(via Mashable and VentureBeat)

Image credit: bradley horowitz – yahoo @ hearst tower by glemak

  • Matt

    It’s hard to take someone seriously about “Photo Sharing” when they still use a Blackberry.

  • No

    I’d put my photos on G+, but no one would see them. I have 1/10th the friends on G+ than on FB.

  •!/thelonelylights Adam Cross

    if you’re happy with facebook basically owning all your shit – even after you delete it – then sure, carry on using facebook

  •!/thelonelylights Adam Cross

    yes, because the brand of phone you use means evvverythinggg…..

  • No

    I don’t put them on FB either.

  • John Stock

    Google reserves the right to use your images for whatever purpose they deem fit. Flickr does not do that and the author retains the copyright. This single fact completely and utterly makes G+ a none contender.

  • Christopher

    I agree.  I would argue anybody who takes their photos the least bit seriously should read the TOS of any photo sharing site before posting pictures.  G+’s TOS are actually not horrible.  They’re much worse that Flickr in that they grant themselves the right to use your content to promote their service, which Flickr doesn’t, and their rights to your content are irrevocable, which they aren’t on Flickr.

    But Facebook’s TOS are unbelievably bad.  They grant themselves the perpetual, and irrevocable right to relicense your content to any one they choose, in any manner they choose, for any purpose they choose.  If you put something on Facebook you technically retain the copyright, but there’s no rights under it that you didn’t grant to Facebook.

  • salyavin

    How about adding the ability to set licenses?  I like sets and collections to help organize photos as well. 

  • Richard

    “Bradley Horowitz was actually the executive at Yahoo! who led the charge to buy Flickr back in 2005″

    …and then he and other “Yahoos” wrecked flickr. I’d say his word on what makes a good photo sharing experience let alone his business sense is worthless.

    Flickr remains a great photo sharing service that needs to be spun off from Yahoo and modernized by a group of folks who fully understand its potential and what it’s up against with all the other photo sharing services.

  • Matt

    has more to do with the fact that that particular model blackberry has a horrible camera, and it’s “sharing” features are basically non-existent. Is there even a google+ app for blackberry? two loners…

  • Matt

    Google does the exact same thing. 

  • John Stock

    You are missing the point. Google+ has public posts that are used extensively for people to find new content, stories and photographs. This does not happen in FB and you are limited to just your friends. Although FB has public posts, there is no way to find content!