The Google Picnik

Oh yes, yet another Post about Mr. G. Now, dont give me those stares :D there is something good to happening here, and really good if you are a flickr user.

Flickr users know what Picnik is, and how useful it is. Picnik is an online photo editing tool. It is easy to use and does some awesome things with your freshly clicked photographs. After you upload a photo to flickr, you can click on “edit” and access picnik services from the same page. You can use this service from picnik.com even if you do not have a flickr account.

Google Acquires Picnik

Google is shopaholic these days. They have announced that Picnik is in their kitty now. When I saw the news, I said,  “Goood” .. and if you ask me why ..

There are many cool features available in picnik.com, but only paid members have access to most of them. I believe that sometime in future, Mr G. will make those services available for non paying users as well. If that happens, it will be awesome ! *looks at flickr users*

Do you use Picasa ?

If you are a Picasa fan and use it for photo sharing, you should be happy too , because we will this feature on Google’s own picasa too soon. Cool right ?

This will be a good addition to Google’s upcoming Chrome OS. Probably, the most used web app on chrome os after gmail.

Google Buzz – Beyond Status Messages

I will have to keep refreshing my gmail inbox for the whole day, or even longer !

Reason ?

I am waiting for Google Buzz to be added to my account.

My first thought  about Buzz was, hey Google is trying to start something similar to twitter.  Later, I figured that, this is little different. Google is trying to respond to most of the twitter and twitter like services, along with twitter related services we use regularly use.

1. Twitter : With status updates and @ replies, google will compete with twitter directly here, and this happens inside gmail inbox, so Google has millions of users already with them. Well, if they all start using buzz, of course.

2. URL shortening: Google has its own URL shortening service, which will be integrated to buzz.

3. FriendFeed: Friend Feed collects all our web 2.0 activities on a single page. Buzz is trying to do something similar. It can automatically pull updates from your twiiter, flickr, picasa and youtube etc, and I believe, more services will be added to this via plugins or extensions, later.

4. Twitpic and Others: We will see picasa being an important part of Buzz, for quick photo sharing, directly competing with twitpic and other twitter photo sharing websites.

Many Social networking services may end up being a buzz plugin or extension, in future, if Google Buzz becomes really popular, which only time can reveal to us. So, lets wait for our future to be decided ;)