June 3, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
Photo sharing service picplz will soon take its last photo. The company that delivered a solid photo posting app and website long before anyone had heard of Instagram has announced that it will permanently shut down on July 3, 2012.
Picplz was a popular app to take photos and apply filters or cross post to services like Facebook, Twitter, and tumblr. It ranked among our best Instagram alternatives, but it never managed to gain the widespread popularity garnered by Instagram. With the founder having already left the company and the team behind the app focusing on other projects, picplz began sending this message to users to alert them of the looming shutdown:
On July 3, 2012, picplz will shut down permanently and all photos and data will be deleted.
Until then, you can log in and download your photos by clicking on the download link next to each photo in your photo feed.
Thank you for your support of picplz and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.
The shutdown is disappointing for picplz’s dedicated members, who just saw Instagram and Lightbox get swallowed up by Facebook. Even more frustrating is that users have to manually download their entire photo library one image at time because picplz failed to deliver a mass export tool. Following complaints and inquiries about the easiest way to grab all that data in one swoop, picplz tweeted that it will soon offer an export tool to make it easier to grab photos. There’s no word yet if this will also include the location and caption data, but picplz users can at least expect to have their photos download in bulk.