3.4 Billion Photos Uploaded to Google +
Vic Gundotra, the Senior Vice President of Social Business for Google, announced Wednesday that the 40 million users of Google+ have uploaded a whopping 3.4 billion photos to the site in the last 100 days.
That number is junk.
The reason that number is junk: automatic upload.
Today, my Droid X uploaded five photos to Google+ without me actually having to engage in any activity other than taking the photos.
No, I haven't posted the images to my Google+ feed, in fact, four of the five photos were out of focus and uploaded before I had time to delete them off of my phone.
Yes, I chose to enable the automatic upload feature, and I actually think it is a nice feature, but shame on Google for quoting the number of photos that are passively uploaded to the site as true metrics.
That would be like a fast food restaurant counting every car that drives past the restaurant as a "drive-thru" customer. If you don't actually buy any food or even pull in the driveway, you shouldn't be counted in the metrics.
The same holds true with passively uploaded photos.