Start a Google+ account if you have not already done so.
I won’t go into what all Google+ is. It’s a social media site much like Facebook. Just Google it!
The cool thing about Google+ is that it offers unlimited free storage of all your photos & videos.
You can share all of your uploaded photos and videos with other plussers or you can keep all of your stuff private.
On the Google+ support page it states: Photos larger than 2,048 by 2,048 pixels will automatically be resized when uploading in Google+.
However, there is an option for you to download the original file.
The page does say there is a 15 minute restriction for video, but it does not give a file size restriction. A 15 minute video could be several GB’s.
I have read that Picasa is going away soon. If you are currently uploading photos to Google Picasa you may be forced to start a G+ account or possibly you may lose all your uploads.
Don’t quote me on this, I’m speculating what could happen.
If you currently have a Picasa account and also a G+ account, you may have noticed that all your Picasa photos are now available automatically in your G+ photos.
Free Online File Storage
Here is what I’m doing.
I’m uploading special photos and videos that I normally do not share with others to my private Google+ photo account.
I’m not uploading all of my photos, generally just the ones that I have completed processing. G+ gives me a nice place to view my completed work.
These are mostly photos sitting on my computer that I don’t want to delete but I also don’t want to put them on hard drives or DVD’s. Too much time and effort to do all that.
As long as I keep my G+ account, I will have access to all of my media.
I would also like to add that G+ displays all my photos beautifully. If I decide I want to start sharing them with my G+ friends, a couple clicks of the mouse and it’s out there for the world to enjoy.
G+ is very well organized and you can name all of your photo albums.
When you upload a video, it plays in a player that looks just like the YouTube player.
Currently G+ does not offer the ability to embed a slideshow of your albums. I hope in time that G+ will have this ability because Picasa does.
If you have a lot of cluttered stuff sitting on your desktop, this may a good way to clean up some of that media that you just don’t know what to do with.
Me & free have always gotten along great. You should start a G+ account if you are looking for alternatives for free online file storage.