Let me just say that I have been using PicPlz for over a year and a half and that it has been my favourite photo sharing social network for a long time.
Not only did I get to follow some very talented photographers on this service, but I have also managed to build a large & loyal following. To date I’ve taken & shared close to 800 pics on this photo sharing service.
I first started using PicPlz for my photo-a-day project over the course of 2011. I did pretty well in that challenge - most of the time - posting a new pic daily and sometimes I even managed to upload multiple shots per day…
At the time of signing up to the service, I liked the fact that I could post my photos to PicPlz and share them on my Twitter, Facebook, Posterous, Tumblr, Flickr & foursquare profiles and even backup my pics to Dropbox. PicPlz was the best photo sharing app for Android at the time…
No More PicPlz
PicPlz Shutting Down :(
I was extremely sad to read that PicPlz is shutting down its service on the 3rd July 2012. On logging in to my profile via my browser, I was greeted with this message:
Even on the mobile app, you are greeted with this notice:
Why I Cheated on PicPlz
I’ll admit it – I’ve been unfaithful to PicPlz over the last couple of months although I was gravitating back to using this service because of Instagram’s forced cropping of images to a square and because of their recent acquisition by Facebook.
I don’t use Facebook to keep in touch with my mates around the world, and I use it as an online marketing tool. While I am not anti-Facebook, I use their service exclusively for work-related purposes like managing and updating Facebook Pages, running social media marketing campaigns via Facebook Ads and sharing content that I find interesting.
I signed up and joined Instagram because PicPlz does not allow users to hash tag their photos and at the same time, Instagram has a fast growing & loyal user base of roughly 50 million.
Since the launch of Instagram for Android, I’ve been spending less time on PicPlz and I’m not the only one! A quick search on Google Insights shows how interest over time for this service has declined – most significantly since April this year (which is when Instagram launched for Android).
Exporting Your PicPlz Photos
At the moment, PicPlz is only allowing you to download your profile photos one at a time… I find this a real bummer considering that I have uploaded and shared close to 800 photos to date.
I think that most loyal PicPlz users feel very disappointed at their not being a bulk download facility, but yesterday PicPlz tweeted this:
I hope that this means that they’re looking at adding this bulk download functionality prior to the shut down on the 3rd July 2012. I think it would be the right thing to do and a great way of thanking their loyal users for using their service. What do you think?
Needless to say that I have halted all uploads to PicPlz and for the time being I’m going to be sharing my pics on Instagram… But just for the time being…
PicPlz Bulk Download – Update 9th June 2012
I logged into my PicPlz profile this evening and was really pleased to see that the PicPlz team have provided their users with a bulk download facility.
This is a very welcome option as I personally wasn’t looking forward to downloading 800 photos one at a time. To my surprise I have accumulated 1.2GB worth of photos on PicPlz in the last 18 months… Thank goodness for high-speed broadband!
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