Beware Picasa Web Albums and Blogger!

Blog-Web-AlbumIf you use Blogger.com for creating your blog, and you upload photos from your computer – that creates a Picasa Web Album.

DO NOT delete that web album with the orange Blogger logo!

People have made this mistake.  They’ve been browsing their Picasa Web Albums and see an album they don’t remember creating.  Thinking it was time to clean up, they deleted the album.  Next time they took a look at their blog, they saw lots of red x’s where the pictures should be.

There’s no way to get the pictures back!

Even if you know what pictures they were, and you re-upload them to a web album using Picasa on your computer – they will be in a different location, a different URL than the original album.  That means that the references to the pictures in your blog will not be correct.  You would need to edit each post and re-insert the images from the new Web Album.

It Gets Worse!

My standard method for adding pictures to a blog post is this:

  1. Using Picasa on my computer, I select the best pictures and Share them online.  They are now located in a Picasa Web Album / Google+ Photos Album (see this post for PWA vs G+) in an album which I named.
  2. Using Blogger, I click the Insert Image button and select “From Picasa Web Albums” (which is the same thing as Google+ Photos.)
    pwa-blogger

Using this method, I don’t even get the little orange Blogger logo to alert me that there are pictures being used in my Blog.  I just tested this and deleted a photo from my Renaissance Faire Web Album that I knew was being used in a blog post.  I got NO WARNING!  I thought for sure I would see “This photo is used in a Blogger Blog post, are you sure you want to delete?”  In fact, I could swear I’ve seen a message like that in the past.  Either they’ve changed it … or I’m dreaming, because it deleted the picture quick as could be without so much as a how do you do!

When I went to the blog post where the picture was used, here is what I saw.  A gray oval with a white dash where the picture should have been.  To fix it, I had to re-share the photo from my computer to the Renaissance Faire Web Album, then edit the blog post and re-insert it.

renfaire

Lesson to Learn

The only way to prevent this is to never delete photos from your web albums!  It’s that simple – just Don’t Delete!  I hope none of you have to learn this the hard way.  I expect better from Google.

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Chris is a teacher. Although she comes as close to an expert as possible in many areas of computer usage, she can still remember what it's like not to know these things! That means she can communicate with students in a way that teaches and doesn't demean. She really enjoys teaching one-on-one and for groups of people, but she reaches a worldwide audience with her tutorial videos on the GeeksOnTour.com website. She currently travels the country in an RV with her husband, Jim. As Geeks on Tour, they present computer seminars at RV rallies, computer clubs, and Senior Centers all over the US.

17 thoughts on “Beware Picasa Web Albums and Blogger!”

  1. Do you know of a way to back up your blog? The way Google is getting rid of their other features like Google reader and such, I was just wondering if there was an easy way to do it. Is there an option to say, maybe save it on the hard drive or some other peripheral?

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    1. I emailed pictures that also formed it’s own file. I was cleaning out what appeared as emptied folders and it emptied my file. When I saw my file gone I was thrilled that I had saved them on my flash drive. I can now reload them, but you need to stay on top of that in order to do so. Google is all messed up. trying too hard. Really? No one saw this as a problem without any notice before forcing it on us?
      My problem right now is trying to figure out how to reload only the one file rather then all of them. Back to work…..

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  2. Already learned this the hard way but fortunately limited damage as only deleted a few before I saw the magical disappearing pics on blogger. The majority of the blog pics were uploaded from my computer. I am expecting those are good to stay but who knows anymore with Google.

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  3. I thought I was doing great until I looked at my blog and my pics were gone. I’m so aggravated.

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  4. Hello there

    I have a private blog for just my family & friends (as it has loads of personal pictures of my kids) and my husband realised recently that if he just googled my name you would see all the pics via my Picasa album (so what is the point in having a private blog?) – so I thought Id be clever and make all my photo albums private but then all the photos disappeared from my blog. Then I changed the setting to shared via link – but this still didnt bring them back – but if I make them public then they are really shared withthe world – what do I do????

    Please help – our blog is such a precious way to keep in touch with our family around the world!

    Thank you

    Mo

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    1. hmmm, a conundrum … I’ll have to experiment with that. It sure seems to me that, if you make it “only available to those with link” it should do what you want. Maybe you need to re-add images when you change it to only with link?

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  5. Could you tell how to get pictures from Facebook into my Picasa picture ?? My son me about 100 pictures in FB but I have been unable to transfer them to Picasa !!

    Thanks very much for your help !!

    Art Taphorn

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    1. You can download Facebook pictures to your computer and Picasa will see them there. In Facebook, while viewing a picture, click the Options menu and you’ll see Download.

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  6. Hello!
    Can you help me? I’ve had a blog for a two years, and I’ve thousands and thousands of pictures there (in Picasa web albums). But how can I create a NEW album to Picasa web albums, which has an orange Blogger icon? I really need one, but I don’t know how to create one… Thanks for help!

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    1. The orange Blogger albums are only created automatically. You would need to start a new blog, and the new blog-specific photo album will get created automatically when you upload pictures to the blog.

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      1. Oh no..
        But if I start a new blog, can I get my current blog’s photos to be directed to that new blog’s specific album (automatically)? Or is it impossible? 😦

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      2. Sorry, that’s not possible that I know of. But, you can use pictures from any web album in your blog, just upload the pictures to the web albums first, then in Blogger use the “insert image from Picasa Web Albums’ option

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  7. I use blogger “new post” part for uploading my pictures to picasa web album. It uploads fine & my blog loads all image & pictures very good. But the problem is that the picasa web album does NOT load and show the picture & images on its online page from March 26, 2014. loading and showing picture & images before this date is fine. WHAT IS THE PROBLEM???????

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  8. I upload pictures to my blog directly from my computer and they are saved to Picasa Web album with an orange B. Before a new album was created automatically when it was full (500 pics, i think). Now I notices that I have one album with 1037 photos. An I cannot see all the photos I have been uploading. How can I create a new blogger album so that pictures automatically goes there when I upload them to my blog?

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