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Be careful Rated 1 out of 5 stars
I installed, knowing I will need to give my GMail password to this website that has no associations with Google at all. But I took the risk anyway in hopes this addon would prove to be legit.
I couldn't find any proof. I uploaded photos into it, but they uploaded in a blink. If high res photos such as the ones I uploaded into this thing took a split second to upload, then why haven't the big name image sites figured this out? It would take me minutes to upload my 3000x3000px photos into photobucket, but this tool did it in a blink of an eye (or less). I do wish there were things that fast but I doubt it. I got the impression that this addon didn't upload anything to my GMail account, all it did was use that same photo that's already on my computer and say it was in my GMail account, which would explain why there was absolutely no uploading time. I couldn't even find any of those photos in my GMail... GMail didn't get notified of any incoming photos/emails/attachments either! They aren't in my GMail!!!
So what is Gphotospace doing with my photos? Not uploading them to GMail, that's for damn sure. But the real question is if Gphotospace isn't uploading my photos to my GMail account, what is it doing with my GMail password?
These guys aren't that slick, how long do you expect people to use this addon before they notice that it isn't uploading anything to GMail like it's supposed to?
I was also wondering, why do I not have my normal rightclick context menu when signing in to GMail via the Gphotospace sign in page? More mystery. With the lack of usefulness Gphotospace has, the risk of giving this website your GMail password is way too high.
Just use Photobucket or Imageshack, or any other image site out there that supplies you with more than enough storage than you need. Until the people behind Gphotospace can even prove they are uploading your photos into GMail, don't give them your password.
I will try to address these concerns in turn:
1. GPhotospace does use your Gmail account. In this respect it is no different from GSpace or Xoopit or similar extensions which also require your login credentials for their features to work. But if you have any hesitation, simply create a new Gmail account for dedicated use with GPhotospace, at least until you have tried it out enough to have a level of comfort with it.
2. One area we need to improve is in communicating what GPhotospace does. It does NOT store your original files - it stores scaled-down versions of photos. With the default 'small' storage setting, a 3000x3000 photo will be stored as a 300x300 version of the photo at 85% JPG quality - this stored version could be as small as 20K and will indeed upload very quickly.
3. GPhotospace stores albums on Gmail by creating and sending an email with attachments. This email is sent from you to yourself. But immediately after sending the email, it is archived, in order to avoid cluttering up the Gmail Inbox with emails to yourself. These emails should however be visible in the 'All Mail' view in Gmail. If they are not, this is a bug which should be reported it to our support link so we can track it down.
4. There's no real reason for not having a right click menu except that the usual choices (back, reload, save page, bookmark, etc.) either have no real meaning in the context of an embedded 'application' or require special handling (e.g. 'back' would need to be handled differently than in a normal web page context). Adding a relevant right click menu is however on our list of things to do.
5. GPhotospace is simply different from Photobucket and Flickr or other web-hosted solutions. It aims only to provide be a very quick way to share photos with specific contacts via email.
Do give GPhotospace a shot - it has been used by thousands without problems and we are dedicated to improving it.