Thursday, October 28, 2010

WHAT?!?! I'm scared and super sad!! THIS IS MUY IMPORTANTE!!

Breathe, Shannon.  Take deep breaths... in... out... in... out... Ok, I think I'm ok now.  But you people need to be warned!

I tried to get a post ready for next week and began uploading pictures only to get this message:

Whoops! You're out of space. Purchase more storage.

Photos are stored in your Picasa Web Albums account and are included in your 1 GB free quota for photos. Additional storage you purchase is shared between Gmail, Picasa Web Albums, and Google Docs, and is in addition to your free quota. Learn more
Yes! I do want to learn more!  This can't be happening!  Oh no...
Google Storage: How it works
Google offers a way to purchase more storage space when you run out of free storage space in Gmail, Google Docs, Picasa Web Albums, Blogger (for photos), and Google Buzz (for photos). You can check your current storage usage or purchase additional storage at any time.

Note: Google storage isn't available for Google Apps.

Free storage
Free storage space is specific to each product. Picasa Web Albums offers 1 GB of storage for photos and videos only. Gmail provides 7+ GB (and counting) which is reserved just for Gmail messages. Docs gives you 1 GB for your uploaded files (documents created in Google Docs and converted files don't count towards your storage, but do have some size limitations). Free storage from one product cannot be used by or transferred to another product.

All photos posted to both Google Buzz and Blogger are included in the 1 GB of free storage allotted to Picasa Web Albums.

Paid Storage
When you run out of free storage for any product, you can purchase additional storage that is shared between products. This shared storage can be used for Picasa Web Albums uploads (Google Buzz and Blogger as well), Gmail messages, Docs uploads or a mix of all three - it will be used by any product that's over its free storage quota on a first-come, first-served basis. Choose from the following storage plans:

20 GB - $5/yr
80 GB - $20/yr
200 GB - $50/yr
400 GB - $100/yr
1 TB - $256/yr
2 TB - $512/yr
4 TB - $1024/yr
8 TB - $2048/yr
16 TB - $4096/yr

Please note that:
1 TB equals 1024 GB.

These prices don't include any applicable taxes or fees associated with your country of residence.

Google storage purchases are non-refundable. You can upgrade storage plans for the pro-rated difference at any time. The Google storage you purchase is yours for the full year, at which time the plan will auto-renew based on your preference. Paid storage for one Google Account cannot be transferred to a different account. Learn more about Google storage refunds, renewals and cancellations.

It's normal to experience a delay of up to 24 hours before purchased storage is added to your account. See our storage troubleshooting steps for more information.

On November 10, 2009, Google made changes to both the storage tiers and pricing we offer. If you purchased storage under the previous storage plan, learn more about what this means for you.

Well, I guess this isn't so bad... Time to fork over some cash because you guys need me and my photos, right?  Is this a tax write-off???

Go here: to purchase additional storage.  I guess this means I'm a super cool blogger now, doesn't it?

And once again, everything is right with the world :o)

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