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Ex-Google Employee On Why She Left Picasa Web Albums (for SmugMug)

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

Wednesday, March 25, 2009
15 years ago2,933 views

Ana Yang writes:
<<... I had almost 15,000 pictures on Picasa Web Albums. No one wanted to keep their pictures on PWA more than I did. But it just got too shitty for me, and then I discovered how much better SmugMug was. I'm not bitter at all. Every day, I feel happy from using SmugMug. I just wish I could have felt that way about PWA even once.>>

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

Ana's not just an ex-Googler, she actually worked on the Picasa Web Albums team back in 2006:

<< No, some of the suckiness we had wanted to/planned to fix even while I was still working on it (back in summer of 2006). But a lot of it just never got done. Then, they've slowly made it worse and worse by adding things that people didn't want, and not simple things like Friends and Family groupings, etc.. And it's so damn slow. It has always been slow. This is Google. There's no excuse for this kind of latency. >>

More specific reasons here:

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