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Google Redirect Picasa Web to Google+ Photos

Heading to Picasa Web Albums anytime soon? You’re in for a surprise… 

Google have begun redirecting visitors to Picasa Web Albums to Google+ Photos.

Punching in the traditional picasaweb.google.com URL in to your browser will now automatically divert you to the photos section of Google+.

Whilst there is no initial warning of a diversion, you can “turn off” the redirect by clicking the link in the small notification that appears under the URL bar.

Picasa Web Albums Not Take Your To Google+ Photos

Picasa Web Albums Now Take You To Google+ Photos

Hitting this link will store a cookie on your computer telling your browser that, in the future, you wish to use the original Picasa web albums site and not the Google+ photos page.

Picasa Web was launched by Google back in 2006 as an ancillary service to their desktop Picasa photo management application.

Sadly for Picasa fans this redirect is subtle confirmation of what many had expected: Picasa Web will eventually be replaced by Google+ Photos, and the desktop app by the photos app Pulsar.

  • Vanya Kupalov

    Right decision! I hope they’ll merge G+ mobile chat, Hangout and Google talk into the something really cool.

    • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

      It’s almost certain they will, and it’ll be announced and hopefully released at Google I/O.

  • http://twitter.com/pwidden Paul Widden

    So frustrated by this it lead me to start osenia.com which does the parts i used from picassaweb – simple email based private sharing. I don’t want my family photos on Google+

    • http://anaershadowynomaly.deviantart.com Farran Lee

      If they’re on PicasaWeb and you have a Google+ account, then they’re already on Google+. The privacy settings remain the same – Google+ Photos and Picasa use the same backend. Essentially all that is happening is they’re changing the frontend.

  • http://anaershadowynomaly.deviantart.com Farran Lee

    Er this has kind of been happening for several months… :P