Monday, July 10, 2006

Picasa Web Albums Upgrade: Americans Only?

Note: Published on The Social Networking Weblog

There seems to be an explanation regarding the upgrade link dissappearing within users Picasa web albums, a Google network where people can upload and comment on photos.

Apparently a user in the Picasa Usernet forum contacted the Google team in order to find out what was going on and received this reply.

Hi [name removed],

Thank you for your note. At this time, you must have a United States billing address to purchase additional Picasa Web Albums storage. As such, users located outside the United States will not see the link to upgrade their storage and they may also see an error when attempting to purchase.

We appologize for the inconvenience and look forward to offering you more
options, for international purchasing, in the near future.

The Google Team

Google's servers were probably trying to figure which users were from America and which ones were not, resulting in the upgrade link disappearing and then reappearing every time the page refreshed.

The upgrade link should be now appearing in American accounts, although it will be interesting to see if Picasa can dethrone Flickr (owned by Yahoo!) once it opens the gates to the international community. Posted by Picasa

1 comment:

TiggerT said...

I prefer Picasaweb to Flickr in terms of interface and appearance. I'm sure they could beat Flickr if they just let international users upgrade. I can't understand what's causing their delay. Mind you Flickr give unlimited space for $24.99/year, whereas Picasaweb are (only) offering 6GB for that price. I'd like to see them match Flickr for space. In all other fields Google seem to offer more space than anyone else, surely they could manage this?