In an interesting twist of fate, Google Photos is the dark horse of social media now that it has reached the impressive milestone of 100 million monthly active users.
- Google Photos broke away from Google+ five months ago, in May 2015
- The service reached 100 million active users per month
- Google Photos offers 15GB of free storage, along with an easy-to-use interface and quick search algorithm
- The photo-sharing service also named ‘food’ as their most searched-for subject
Google+ has been nothing short but a point of mockery where it concerns social media. Users have been complaining, and the internet responded in its usual fashion by mercilessly picking on the service. However, back in May, Google Photos broke away from Google+, spread its own wings and took flight.
And, apparently, and according to Google, it soared.
Google Photos has officially become the tech giant’s latest hit, reporting a whopping 100 million monthly active users in just 5 months. It’s considered the fastest growing social media aspect. It presents with tremendous potential, which might even see to an increasing growth.
To put it in perspective, Facebook’s Instagram, which is one of the most popular photo-sharing service out there, needed 2 and a half years to reach the 100 million milestone. Google Photos managed this in less than half a year. Instagram also now has 400 million monthly active users, so it remains to be seen if the search engine’s service will achieve the same mark.
In order to reach their fast-growing database of active users, Google made it easy for themselves. They provide a simple interface and what could be considered endless amount of storage space. The tech giant offers its accounts 15 GB of free storage, or even 30 GB if your account is linked to school or work. That amounts to too many pictures to count.
Dropbox, by comparison, offers only 2 GB of free storage space.
The generosity and user-friendly interface has deemed Google Photos as a success, thus far. It provides with support for high-quality files, printing, and simple sharing services. Users may attribute a link to their pictures, to share or add anywhere. Its search algorithm is reliable and fast. Furthermore, it has definitely seen improvements.
And, since its great success with their picture-sharing services, Google also named their most searched photos. Food apparently won. That’s perhaps unsurprising to most people who constantly snap pictures of their breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts, snacks, or even their cup of coffee. According to Google, they now know that “you’re all foodies”, if their numbers are true.
As far as the subject of many photographs is concerned, ‘food’ was followed by weddings, concerts, graduation, Christmas, birthdays, and all around joyful events.
Interestingly enough though, cats were not Google Photos’ most popular animal. Considering the internet has shown itself obsessed with the felines, that is indeed surprising. However, the crown goes to dogs as the most photographed animals. So, it appears their ‘natural enemies’ have taken over.
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