Google officially stated, that they’re shuting down “Hello”, Picasa’s photo sharing, a part of the Picasa acquisition back in 2004. “Hello by Google's Picasa was a free computer program that allows users to send images across the Internet and publish them to their blogs. It is similar to an instant messaging program because one can send text, but Hello focuses on digital photographs. You can opt to view the same pictures as your friends in real-time. One of the advantages claimed at the website is that photos can be shared through firewalls.”[…] [Wikipedia]
Visiting Google Hello page brings up a message “All good things come to an end. So it is with sadness that we say goodbye to Hello.” Philipp has a cache image and “how it works”, you can view here.
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