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Philipp Lenssen at Google Blogoscoped noticed today that Google announced that it will be shuttering its Hello photo sharing and chat application next week. Hello was an instant messenger-like desktop photo sharing application that made it easy to send photos to friends via an encrypted connection. The Hello.com web page has been replaced by a shut down notice and the service will cease to work on May 15th.
It’s probably the first time since I’m using webtools that I’m disappointed by a service shutdown. I’ve been using Picasa’s Hello to share pictures with my family for the last three years now. It works like a charm. My parents and in-laws were using it as well. Picasa & Hello were extra-user-friendly and smoothly integrated. It was a sort of one-click image sharing.
Of course, there are other ways to share images: Web galleries (including PicasaWeb), Instant Messaging. But the real deal with Hello was that the pictures sent to you were automatically added to your own Pictures Database. Not even a 1-click, … a 0-click.