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After using the program, I must say that it is absolutely incredible. Not only is Picasa amazing for organizing your pictures, but Hello is a great IM client, and they work hand in hand. My favorite option is under tools > options > "Show Flying Smilies". Hello also features webcam/DV support, and built in blogger.
Really a smart buy for Google.
On another note, could you imagine an actual Google instant messenger? AdWords would display based on our conversation subject. Hahaha.
They're not marketing it as an IM client, they're marketing it as picture sharing - mistake number one if they want to tap into the IM market. I'm guessing they are trying the picture sharing angle because it's unique.
I'm not sure if that's the angle; with these latest additions to their kit, it's beginning to seem like Google is trying to compete not with Hotmail and Yahoo, but with Apple...
It was unique - for what? - a week, maybe?
Yahoo Takes Photos from Camera Phones
The combination of the photo upload and download service, in effect, allows users of different wireless networks to send photos to each other. This facility was previously not possible, because, unlike cell phone text messaging, there are interoperability issues between different networks.
Yahoo is not setting a limit on the number of photos uploaded and is not charging extra for the service.
One of my closest friends was in my office Friday. Got a new cell phone. Takes pictures. He's 49 years old. A doctor. I don't think he owns a camera, doesn't do much web stuff (besides email) and he is enjoying his camera phone.
Google, and Yahoo and MS and lots and lots of others are all going to make lots and lots of money with this. Compete? Heck, they'll all be needed to meet demand.
No, I'm not "back," it's Sunday night and I'm visiting some old haunts. No, I don't miss the web biz. But, then, I'm in news, which isn't what the web is about.