Saying Goodbye to Picnik

5 years ago
I must have jinxed it. After writing a tutorial for one of my favorite sites, Google decided to buy it and shut it down. That's right, people. Google is getting rid of Picnik. For those of you unfamiliar, Picnik is a free web-based photo-editing site that can be upgraded to a premium account. Picnik offers myriad options for effects, text, stickers, and more. The best part? It is so incredibly easy to create fun and stylish photos right from your computer. But, don't get too excited. Picnik is slated to be closed on April 19, 2012. 

Wave by Brian Finifter via Flickr

"Why would Google do such a thing," you may ask? Greed, my friends. Greed. Google has purchased my beloved Picnik and is transferring a few of its incredibly awesome and addicting features to its less than popular social media site, Google Plus. Picnik's cult following has accused Google of stiff arming people into a social media experience that they just do not want. I have to say, I agree with this sentiment.

Between texting, emails, Twitter, Pinterest and, of course, the powerhouse that is Facebook, who needs another social media outlet? Google, I think I can speak for the masses when I say that we don't need no stinkin' Google Plus. Concentrate your efforts elsewhere instead of trying to capitalize on the social media train. But, let me just ask you this, Google: What's next? Blogger? Are you going to take that too? Because all I can hear right now is a slow, rising chant that sounds a lot like, "wordpress, Wordpress, WOrdpress, WORdpress, WORDpress!" But, let's not get me too fired on my issues with Google lately. That's another post entirely.

Anyway, with Picnik's impending doom on the horizon, what are your options?
1. If you can't beat 'em, join Google Plus. If their plan is to take over the world, it might just be working.
2. Download your photos from Picnik using their Takeout service. Picnik will send your photos to you via email in a compressed file. You will have until April 19, 2012 to retrieve them.
3. Enjoy Picnik while it lasts. All users now have access to premium accounts, and anyone with an active premium account will be refunded in full.
4. Join FotoFlex. I have been emailing the creator of this site, and we have been sharing ideas on how they can enhance their site and take in all of the poor, lost Picnik souls. I am extremely excited about the willingness of this site to take my ideas into consideration! Expect a tutorial on this site.
5. Make some noise and tell Google just what you think about their decision.
An example of what I'll miss

So, what are your thoughts on Picnik's closing? What do you plan to do with your photos?




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