In a not-so-subtle sign of things to come, Google is now automatically diverting all traffic from Picasa Web Albums to the Photos section on Google+ instead. But if you have a large number of photos stored with Picasa Web Albums, then don’t worry because Google is still allowing access to Picasa Web Albums for the time being, so you can move your photos out. Just use this link.
This means that eventually Picasa Web Albums will become yet another casualty in Google’s war to get people to use what they want us to use. You want Picasa Web Albums? Well tough, you have to use Google+ instead, whether you like it or not.
On the face of it, Google having two photo storage sites is silly. So when Google introduced the photo section on Google+, Picasa Web Albums’ days were numbered, and the only surprising thing is that it has taken this long for Google to finally cast the killer blow to the site. Picasa Web Albums has been around since 2006 so lots of people know of it and many people use it. This news is a good reminder to get your old photos out of Picasa before Google retires it for good.
How people will react to being told they have to use another site is anybody’s guess. However, if you don’t pay for it, you are the product, not the customer. And that means when something free gets shut down, like Google Reader, you accept it and move on.
Source: Google Operating System Blog