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Removed "Recent Activity" from the homepage

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Removed "Recent Activity" from the homepage Brian Rose 2/13/12 6:16 PM
Hi everyone, we heard your feedback about wanting to view more of your own albums on the Picasa Web Home tab, and you'll now be able to access your 12 most recent albums when you navigate to the Picasa homepage. Note that you can also quickly access even more of your own albums by going directly to https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/myphotos. As part of these updates, we've moved your Recent Activity back to its separate page at https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/favorites#activity, and we've expanded the number of featured photos from the Picasa Web community to 12 photos. Let us know what you think by sharing your feedback in this thread, cheers.

Brian
Re: Removed "Recent Activity" from the homepage rgandel 2/13/12 6:25 PM
What about uploading photos.  I've been trying to load photos for the last 24 hours.  I keep getting error messages and I'm not the only one.  What are you doing to correct the problem!
Re: Removed "Recent Activity" from the homepage Technonath 2/13/12 11:22 PM
So let me get this straight, instead of getting rid of the featured photos, which most people have no interest in and already has its own entire tab, you have removed the activity of the people I am most interested in following! Where do you get these Ideas from? 
So to see the activity of the people I am following now, I have to :-
  1. Click on "My Photos" tab
  2. Go to the people in my photos link on the right hand side and click view all
  3. Then click "People who I am Following"
How is this helpful? There is not even a direct link to click on anymore? Why not put a people tab back?

Please Brian can you explain this design decision as it makes no sense at all?

Also why has time been wasted on cosmetic changes like this instead of fixing the bugs like the broken face tagging?

Please could we have an update from the product manager too about how these priorities are decided as none of this makes sense any more.
Re: Removed "Recent Activity" from the homepage Technonath 2/13/12 11:24 PM
Does any one else agree ?
post +1 if you do.
Re: Removed "Recent Activity" from the homepage Brian Rose 2/14/12 10:43 AM
rgandel, I saw your reply on our Error 10 thread https://groups.google.com/a/googleproductforums.com/d/topic/picasa/xZB1k_ezYF0/discussion. I'll post updates about that issue there, thanks.
Re: Removed "Recent Activity" from the homepage stnickcarver 2/14/12 10:47 AM
The inability to follow albums I had signed up to follow sucks. I do not know where to find them and I agree the featured photos tab needs to be it's own or it needs to go! Give me back the ability to follow the albums I want to follow and stop imposing your will on me. 
I don't know where to find the albums I signed up for and those following mine will become lost too.
Give us back the simple ability to follow the albums. 
Re: Removed "Recent Activity" from the homepage stnickcarver 2/14/12 10:48 AM
me too!  I am very disappointed with this change.
Re: Removed "Recent Activity" from the homepage Brian Rose 2/14/12 10:56 AM
Technonath, you've been very vocal about specific features you'd like our team to fix, and I appreciate that, but we make decisions based on a variety of data sources. I look at qualitative feedback that people send us via our help center, this forum, and feedback shared on the web. I also look at quantitative feedback based on how people are using Picasa Web, what features they're using or not using. It's this combination of data that helps us prioritize what areas to work on, and what changes to make. By removing "Recent Activity" from the homepage, we're able to show more of your own albums while still making the page easy to load. There's also a vibrant community around featured photos that we're looking at ways to further encourage.
Re: Removed "Recent Activity" from the homepage Brian Rose 2/14/12 10:58 AM
stnickcarver, we've updated the visual design of the Picasa Web homepage, but we haven't removed the ability to follow users on Picasa Web. Although this information is no longer visible on the homepage itself, you can navigate directly to your Recent Activity at https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/favorites#activity
Re: Removed "Recent Activity" from the homepage Technonath 2/14/12 4:23 PM


On Tuesday, February 14, 2012 6:56:01 PM UTC, Brian Rose wrote:
Technonath, you've been very vocal about specific features you'd like our team to fix, and I appreciate that, but we make decisions based on a variety of data sources. I look at qualitative feedback that people send us via our help center, this forum, and feedback shared on the web. I also look at quantitative feedback based on how people are using Picasa Web, what features they're using or not using. It's this combination of data that helps us prioritize what areas to work on, and what changes to make. By removing "Recent Activity" from the homepage, we're able to show more of your own albums while still making the page easy to load. There's also a vibrant community around featured photos that we're looking at ways to further encourage.

Thank you Brian for responding, but as a paying customer, It is not unreasonable to expect to get the service I paid for which was a working name tag and sync facility and Google has not provided this now for 2 years. There are over 300 people who +1'd the topics asking for it to be fixed, so how is that listening to your customers?

But getting back to the original point which you seemed to have ignored, I would not be objecting if there was still a link somewhere to the people you follow, either in a tab of its own or on the page, but instead it is now hidden behind 3 links that most people will never find! 

Try explaining to family and friends now how to see the recent activity feed for the rest of the family they follow and you will see why this is a step backwards.
Do you really expect everyone to bookmark it in their favorites? 
I understand why the people tab was taken away in the first place either.
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Sorry If it comes across as negative, but i wouldn't take the time to post and to help others here if I wasn't passionate about wanting to see Picasa remain a top product.

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Re: Removed "Recent Activity" from the homepage NaPeters 2/15/12 7:07 PM
I agree with some of the other posters in that there should be a clear link to favorites' activity.  Having the activity on the landing page was my only way of tracking whether friends and family had uploaded new albums.  In the past, I received a daily digest email containing all activity in their albums.  At some point, around the time G+ arrived, the emails ceased.  I checked with everyone I knew on Picasa, and their emails also stopped arriving at that time.  I've searched these forums on multiple occasions and haven't been able to find a solution to that problem, even though signing up for said digest is still an option within the photos settings page.  

In short, for those of us who used to rely on the notification emails (which have now been broken for some time), there is now no easy way to track such activity.  If the favorites activity will only be accessible via the link posted above, is there any way at least to start receiving the emails again?

Thanks,

Nathan
Re: Removed "Recent Activity" from the homepage ericaldowns 2/16/12 4:43 PM
I completely agree with Technonath!  What is the point of having people you follow, if you can never find them?!
I don't care about the photos from people in the online community that I've never heard of, I just want to easily find the photos from my friends and family. 
And Technonath is correct -- how the @!#@ do I explain to my 72-year-old father how to find the album of his granddaughter??
Please at least have a one-step link on the Home Page to a page that shows recent activity.
This is frustrating to no end.


Re: Removed "Recent Activity" from the homepage stnickcarver 2/22/12 9:58 AM
Why can't this link appear on my Picasa web page?  I don't mind clicking a second link. I looked at all the tabs, drop down lists, etc and this link does not exist on the Picasa home page.  But as someone else expressed, what is the point of searching for and following someone's web albums if you cannot easily find, follow or be notified when there are new photos? They made their albums public for a reason, to share. Also, get rid of the featured photos. I certainly do not want to look at those if I am being blocked from the people I actually want to follow. I find the featured photos insulting to my use of your product. Featured photos are no better than an invasive pop up ad.
Until this link to my albums is fixed to my satisfaction, I will not be sharing albums. As someone else said, his 72 year old father cannot find his albums. My friends and family also cannot find my albums. What is Picasa's goal here? To force use of gmail or just ruin a good product and force us all to go elsewhere?
Re: Removed "Recent Activity" from the homepage Technonath 2/22/12 10:13 AM
If this change has to stay, (and I really do hope you listen to us and reconsider) then you should update the help page:-  http://support.google.com/picasa/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=63496&topic=1689807&ctx=topic

Re: Removed "Recent Activity" from the homepage eemages 2/28/12 8:36 AM
WHY WHY WHY???????  This is NOT a GOOD Change! 

Am I suppose to memorize this link or what???  I still cannot find any link to this in Picasa Web Albums.

I have been using Picasa in conjunction with a photo class that  I teach for 2+ years. 
I spent a lot of time teaching 5 people how to use Picasa and "share" with me and then was unable to view the photos they had sent me! 

Please Fix This. At least with a Link or something. Thank you
Re: Removed "Recent Activity" from the homepage Technonath 2/28/12 1:58 PM


On Tuesday, February 28, 2012 4:36:09 PM UTC, eemages wrote:
WHY WHY WHY???????  This is NOT a GOOD Change! 

Am I suppose to memorize this link or what???  I still cannot find any link to this in Picasa Web Albums.


Re: Removed "Recent Activity" from the homepage eemages 2/29/12 7:33 AM
Thank you Technonath ... I found some recent shared albums but nothing before December 2011.  Any ideas where those albums may now reside?

Re: Removed "Recent Activity" from the homepage Technonath 3/2/12 5:07 PM
A link to "Recent Activity" has been added back to the right hand menu.
Thank you for at least doing this.
Would "Favorites Activity" not be a better title for the link though?

Personally I would still prefer to see those images on the home page though than the community ones,   as I can already see those on the explore tab if I want.

> Brian Rose wrote "Let us know what you think by sharing your feedback in this thread, cheers."

Well 8 people  have posted saying they dislike the change (including other posts on the subject) and 0 people have said they like the change, so does this mean you will revert the change now if you are listening to the users feedback?

Re: Removed "Recent Activity" from the homepage Speedweigand 3/15/12 9:12 PM
Why can't there be a little box in the settings that lets me load directly to my albums? I don't understand what good this " https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/myphotos" link is. So if I'm not on my computer I can just scribble that link on the back of my hand?

Another handy box for the settings would be a "Do not show featured photos" box. I have to completely agree with Technonath that these are just spam.
Re: Removed "Recent Activity" from the homepage petrea 7/4/12 6:56 AM
+1
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