, nice to see the interest of Google for photography inside the new Communities platform but sad to see that the good product Picasa is deteriorating in service quality and functionality. Since months users are requesting informations about a "counter" issue in Picasa. Now photo count is only visible once the single picture achieves 250 hits. Before, the counter reflected hits starting with 1. For Picasa users the counter was good information to see the acceptance of a picture and a good argument to store photosets in Picasa, in many cases also paying for it.
So far, the only information users received was that this new rule was taken "deliberately" by Google. At first sight a illogical decision since counter must work starting with 1.
Vic, if your interest is to provide a good service to (many paying) loyal clients and if your commitment to photography is true and not just "Gooblabla" let us understand this "deliberate" decision or - much better - let us enjoy our counters starting from 1 again. Thank you for your time. Fernando