I am probably not alone right now when I say, I am not quite sure about Google Plus as a social network.. It seems like such a good idea on paper, a social networking site automatically linked to your email account, all your contacts easy to find, Google – a mega search engine working hard organising everything for you. But, it just doesn’t feel right.
I joined (was pretty much forced) a while back, but have never once used it hoping anyone would see anything happening there. I occasionally “Plus 1″ the odd thing I stumble across online (what’s the point, right?) and I occasionally “add people to my circles” to come and look at my empty profile.. However, when I heard that I can automatically backup ALL of my photos and videos there instantly using my phone – I got interested!
I am always taking photos and videos with my phone (sorry real camera). This means that my phone memory is always FULL or I ‘pre-delete’ a heap of photos if I know I might be going somewhere that I will be taking lots of pics. The problem is, it gets annoying connecting the phone to a computer and transferring pics to back them up. Also, there is the added risk of the computer/hard drive crashing (touch wood it never happens!).. Currently I have approaching 80,000 (precious) photos and videos stored on my hard drives.
So, instead of using services like Flickr to backup photos I started my search for a good service, which wasn’t just for ‘showing off’ photos like Instagram etc. I wanted a boring behind the scenes yet reliable photo backup service. One without cumbersome rules and ease of access. I feel like I’ve been in a cave for ages to have not realised Google Plus did this for my phone this whole time!
What other services are there out there that are as easy as this? I am sure there are a few, but I’d be interested to hear if I am making a big mistake by signing my photos away to Google Plus?