In an interesting twist, I got invited to the Picasa Web Album site ... sorta like Flickr, but seemingly without the tags and the real social features of the original. It is nice and they offer (for free) two ways to get pictures to the site -- a full fledged iPhoto plugin that makes me miss my Flickr iPhoto plugin and a desktop application. Seems all you have to do is show up and ask to be included ... they'll give you account until they get too many out there. It seems to work well ... the slideshow feature is killer.
I uploaded a couple of images this morning to see how it all works ... Time to wait and see how this plays against the real thing.