I have a Google account that does not yet have a Google Plus profile. I remember there being some reason why people didn't want to use Google Plus, but without upgrading to Google Plus I also can't use a lot of features such as reviewing Android apps, commenting on YouTube videos, etc.

I think one issue was that all your Picasa albums would be made public. Is this still true? Are there any other reasons not to upgrade to a Google Plus profile?

  • I think one issue was that all your Picasa albums would be made public. eh, no. Commented Jun 12, 2014 at 3:07
  • @Sathya when I originally started the process to upgrade to Google+ several years ago, I canceled when I got to a warning about my Picasa photo albums. I don't remember the exact message. It's possible I misinterpreted it, but the language at the time seemed to indicate that my albums would effectively be made public.
    – rob
    Commented Jun 12, 2014 at 17:25

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The biggest reason is that you fall under the stricter Google+ naming policy.

As far as I know, the Picasa album permissions weren't ever changed.


The ease of making something public to your following is just that much easier. Besides then you'd have to sort out what groups everyone goes in.

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