updated 10:47 pm EDT, Thu June 14, 2012
Now offers dedicated archive for each user
Photo editing and sharing service Picplz, which announced an unexpected shutdown that would take place July 3 and warned users it had until then to back up all posted photos, has now given its users a bit of a reprieve. A new archive system has been unveiled that lets users download the photos they put on the service along with any custom filters en masse rather than individually, and will keep the archive alive until September.
Response to the initial closure announcement was swift, complaining that users who had uploaded large numbers of photos to the service would be forced to download each one individually, including both the original image and any altered version made using filters the Instagram-like sharing service had made available. Shortly after the initial announcement, Picplz let users know that a mass download system was coming.
The company will send emails to users starting today to let them know that the deadline has been extended to September 3, two months longer than the original deadline. The service will be shut down in the face of competition from service like Instagram, which was recently bought by Facebook. Though Picplz users generally enjoyed the service (and matching iOS or Android app), it was unable to attract sufficient numbers to become viable. A post on the company blog said that the team "have decided to move on to other projects."