Nobody would’ve guessed it, given Google +’s shaky start, but Google Photos makes it to 100 million active users a month.
It’s no secret to anyone that Google + was a bit of a letdown and people all over the world didn’t respond to it in the manner its creators might have hoped. It was, after all, competing with the social network giant Facebook. But, if it didn’t make it as a social platform, at least Google + did give us a good thing and that’s Google Photos.
Google Photos came into existence in March and, since then, it has reached the 100 million users mark. Maybe this figure alone doesn’t speak volumes to you, so let’s put it in perspective. It took Twitter and, interestingly enough, Pinterest, five whole years to reach the same level Google Photos is now. And that’s amazing. Maybe people don’t want to be friends with you on Google +, but sure do want to show you their pictures.
Along with this statement, the people at Google also shared with us some technical data, some of which is interesting enough to take a look at. For example, their proudest achievement is their “auto-upload” feature, through which they claim to have freed up 3 720 TB of storage from their users’ machines.
Also, it seems Google Photos stands out from all the other photo websites in the world ever, since the beginning of time, and claims that its users post pictures of dogs and not cats. I don’t know why, but I have the feeling some sort of photographic war is about to commence, to see who can post more pictures of dogs or cats.
As far as searches go, the most searched for thing are babies, which might sound a bit creepy, but let’s hope the interest in babies is not in a bad way. And, of course, the most photographed thing, according to Google statistics, are other people, followed by food. So we love dogs, other people and food. A bit boring if you ask me, but ok.
It’s also important to mention that Google Photos offers each user 15 GB of free storage, which probably helped lure people in. Also, another thing that made it easier for it to reach the amazing 100 million active users mark is the outstanding number of people that signed on for a Gmail Account. But that doesn’t mean we don’t love Google Photos still. At least no more cats!
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