Before Instagram was released for Android, many users found PicPlz to be an ample alternative. Then, Instagram was released on Google Play and PicPlz plummeted.
Today, the service announced that it would be closing its doors on July 3rd and that users have until then to download their pictures.
“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.”
What will happen to the folks working on PicPlz? According to Dalton Caldwell, who remains on the board of directors at PicPlz, the team still has several other projects in operation:
“As a board member I have been supportive of the strategic decisions they have been making.In terms of this specific move, as has been stated before, the team that is operating picplz has been bootstrapping (ie not raising money). As part of this bootstapping effort, they recently launched a a paid iPad app for Pinterest users called pinflip: https://app.net/pinflip. pinflip has been doing very well and is currently the #5 paid iPad app in social networking in the US.”
As we all know, Instagram was purchased by Facebook back in April for $1 billion, that coupled with Instagram’s release on Android, were the straws that broke the camels’ back.