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The Magic of Google Photos

“The Instagram model, where I need to find that precise moment to tell everything that I wanted to share is amazing, but there’s also an opportunity for the aggregate stories—how do you condense 200 photos from my Camera Roll into something that’s digestible? I think we’re at the tip of the iceberg in how we find patterns and manage this glut.” – Nicholas Felton, data viz expert

I’ve just started using Google photos in addition to Dropbox. What I like about it is that it does some of the aggregation work for you.

It’ll scan a bunch of similar shots of faces and stitch together an animation as a gif. It makes use of images you might have otherwise deleted and with its magic wand, create something that tells a larger story about the moment. Every small moment matters.

Google also buckets your photos into larger categories like people, places, things. Apple photos does the same thing but the organization is choppy.

I may switch over to Google photos completely and get rid of my Dropbox account. Google Photos is the future, aggregating your photos and curating the ones it thinks mesh well together. As I’ve written recently, algorithms are becoming time savers in our busy lives.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.