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1/18/17
Original Poster
Adam Barnett

Share album without creating re-sharable link?

How can I share an album only with certain Google accounts? I do not want to create a public link. I only want my album to be accessible to people who are logged in to Google as one of the accounts I choose as sharing recipients.

I understand that Google Photos is not a social network, unlike the recently-demised Google+. However, Google Calendar is not a social network either and I can choose who I share calendar events with, without having to make them public.

Unless I missed something, this is a glaring oversight. No amount of Photo Assistant magic will make up for the lack of privacy control.

All I want is to share my family photos only with my family and close friends - not just any random person who gets hold of the album link. Being able to revoke shared links is not good enough, nor is simply trusting that people with the link won't reshare it.

Please tell me I missed a feature! I've been happily paying for extra Google storage, but this is enough to have me looking for alternatives.


Edit: the Best Answer does not resolve either my requirement, nor Google's confusing and disappointing photo-sharing UX.

Edit2: removed the word "public" from the "public link" in the title, because it has caused the thread to veer off-topic into low-value semantic discussions over the meaning of the word "public".

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8/20/15
Original Poster
Adam Barnett
Seems I can't edit my post here either.
 
When I said "logged in to Google as one of the shifts", I meant "as one of the accounts", if that wasn't obvious from the context. Posting from my phone...
Linh Nguyen
8/20/15
Linh Nguyen
G+ is currently exactly how you would manage that. But I'm surprised it doesn't exist natively as it would make sense. I've given feedback on this in the app. Hope more people that want this do that as well.  

I don't actually mind using G+ to accomplish this, but it's confusing for people who don't use it or don't want to use it. Keep it simple in the app.  However, the newest app has a "view albums shared with me" so maybe there's hope?  I haven't tested it to see if it means shared with me... via G+ or not.
8/20/15
Original Poster
Adam Barnett
Thanks for your response, Linh.

Unfortunately, I don't think G+ is how you would manage that any more. This is a huge regression from my point of view, and I can't imagine I'm the only person who just wants to share an album with only specific people.

I used to be able to share an album - as opposed to photos inside of that album - but no longer. Instead, I seem to have two poor choices:

#1: Share a link to goo.gl/photos - which as far as I can tell is a public link, so no good to me.

#2: Individually share the contents (say, 115 photos) of an album which I have spent several painstaking hours putting together in Picasa. And the photos are now ordered wrong. And my album title is lost. etc. etc. In any case, Google+ is now history, more or less, so even if it did work today, it'll be gone tomorrow.

I'm really hoping there's a #3.

I won't miss the [failed] Facebook wannabe social network aspect of Google+, but the photo-sharing and commenting worked really well. So far Google Photos is a big step back for me. Hoping Google fixes this soon, but I'm not holding my breath. Albums have been pushed further and further into the background - even before the end of Google+ was announced - in favour of auto-Stories which are fun, I guess, but miss all sorts of detail I have carefully placed in my albums.

I can't escape the feeling that the new sharing is less of a tool and more .of a toy. Time for this paying customer to seek out alternatives.
Linh Nguyen
8/20/15
Linh Nguyen
Manage is probably the wrong word. But it's the only way to privately share really.  It's not smooth either. Though, I did not see any order issues (sharing from photos.google.com to g+). 

But yeah, I gather they are catering to the masses first. Most people will find the public-but-not-listed option to be fine. Mostly because no one wanted to sign up for whatever service you were sharing with. I even gave up doing smugmug passwords for some folks. It was just a layer of complexity sometimes.
Chris...K
8/20/15
Chris...K
Adam
"Please tell me I missed a feature! I've been happily paying for extra Google storage, but this is enough to have me looking for alternatives."
 
I'm afraid there is no alternative offering the feature you want
 
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optics107
2/25/17
optics107
Actually, best is to have all 3 options:
1. The current one, I call it obscured link - anyone who has it can see the album. In youtube they use the term "unlisted".
2. Album visible only by certain gmail accounts - this is what you need. (particular case of that is 2b - Album visible only by the owner)
3. Public albums that are visible to anyone who knows just your gmail account name or a link to one of those Public albums. This was the case in the past but now works only partially - for albums created before the dumb changes.

I personally would put most of my photos in #3,  Those that are good for family members and very close friends in #2 and frankly, the current one is most useless. If I had the other two options I may perfectly live without #1 or use it in rare cases for photos that I don't mind being seen by the world but I wouldn't advertise like those in #3
 
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