As you can see from the post below, I'm playing with Picassa, yet another Google tool that merges my desktop with an online experience. I've had Picassa on my PC for about a year, but haven't really played with it much (other than to note it did a nice job of finding and cataloging a few thousand graphics files on my PC's HD).
Picassa has a nice 'live' feel to it on a 2-year-old Thinkpad (not always the case with iPhoto, even on a dual-processor G5), and links to an app called Hello, that allows email and what appears to be peer-to-peer sharing. It also links to Blogger, thus the snap below. It has web-gallery export to a local folder, but does not appear to integrate with Google Pages (yet).