Tuesday, March 2, 2010 3:49 PM cstanton

Google Acquires Picnik

Mammoth Internet company Google has recently aquired Picnik.com, a website that allows you to import, edit, and store images online.

"Until recently, you had to edit your photos using client software on your computer," Brian Axe, a Google product management director, said yesterday.

"Today, we're excited to announce that Google has acquired Picnik, one of the first sites to bring photo editing to the cloud."

The feature that really makes Picnik stand out is allowing it to connect to your social media accounts and import your photos directly from there. This is great for me, since I really don't have hardly any of my photos on my hard drive since Facebook makes it so easy to keep up with them.

With this new addition, what is one supposed to do with Picasa? Picasa is Google's photo storage and sharing website. With the account to Picasa comes free basic photo editing software. The software basically allows you to do the same kinds of things as Picnik. Crop, red eye correction, color balancing, the basic stuff. Picnik offers "premium features" for about $2/month. What would happen with those premium features? Would Google make you pay for the premium features or would they open it up?

The integration seems a little unclear to me. Currently, Yahoo! Mail allows users to edit photos with Picnik's software. Google will probably want to have this feature as well, but will they really keep allowing Yahoo! to use the features that they just purchased?

Hopefully we will see soon!

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