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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Google's Other Red Headed Step Child

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(From Hello.com) Hello is a new program that lets you connect directly with your friends to share your digital pictures. If you've used an instant messenger program before, you'’ve already got the idea--Hello is special because it lets you share your pictures along with your messages.

With Hello, you just pick what pictures you want to show off, and click "Send." That's it. Hello takes care of all the hard work. And you and your friends can download full resolution, print-quality pictures from each other, while you're doing more important things, like talking about your pictures.

With Google Talk's release making headlines around the net, many people seemed to have forgotten about Google's other chat program, Hello which Google acquired after purchasing Picasa. Although Hello is more of a picture sharing program (unlike today's chat programs which feature audio and video), what made it quite useful was it's ability to post photos seamlessly towards a user's Blogspot account as well as create a free photo hosting service by default.

One aspect of Picasa's chat program that set it apart from other programs was the ability to take snapshots of certain web pages and share those with your friends. This made surfing the net much more enjoyable as not only would you be able to view and visit what your friend saw (without the broken links) but also allowed some webmasters to see what errors users were encountering when viewing a web page.

This IM client like all other "Google Cults," started to gather a following online, producing fan sites such as Spread Hello, a site this author is a part of and the now deceased (as of this post) Google Hello. What remains to be seen of Hello is a mystery to it's 250,000 plus users (note: pdf link) but the coming months should reveal whether Google will decide to keep the photo chat as a sidekick to Picasa or send the "red headed step child" away.

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