Picnik users blast Google over planned shutdown

Over the past several months, Google has been shutting down a number of its businesses and products. On Friday, the company announced another round of shut downs. That included the popular online photo editing site Picnik, which Google acquired in 2010. In its blog post explaining the move, Google said, "We’re retiring the service on April 19, 2012 so the Picnik team can continue creating photo-editing magic across Google products."

That move is not making users of the Picnik site happy at all. The official Picnik blog post that also announced the shut down has been flooded with over 1,000 comments since Friday, most of which are taking Google to task for closing the web site. They are also against having to join the company's Google+ social networking service in order to use many of Picnik's features after the site's shut down.

One poster, "Yogi" states:

This is not good. I have been trying to use Google+ but is very clumsy, unwieldy, and just plain not usable. I think that this is just another effort by Google to make its users use a product that is not very good. I love Picnick (sic), I hate Google+. I am considering closing my Google+ account.

Another poster, "Susan" writes:

I do not and will not use Google +

I resent being forced to use a product I do not need and do not want, just to have access to a great piece of software like Picnik.

Google, you disappoint me more every day.

So far Google has yet to comment on the protests against Picnik's planned shutdown. As we reported Friday, all of the site's premium features are now free to use until the site closes on April 19. People who paid for the premium service will get a refund.

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If you don't like what Google does with their products, then move on and find another product. If I don't like 1 brand I use another.

Personally I like Google and use all there services including Google Apps.

A little off topic, but am I right to think that the internet is starting to be segregated like Smart Phone users? Like you have the Google Users (Android), Apple Fanboys (iPhone), Windows (Bing, WM, Hotmail).

Google+ is a great service if you think it's not simple and it's too hard to use then obviosely you shouldn't even be using a computer it's way simple and easy to use I mean it's drag and drop photo upload come on. If you just want to use it to edit photos just make a private album and there ya go edit away. I guarantee all the features in picnik will be integrated into google+ and made even better stop complaining and just use what your given. All the Google services will be integrated into Google+ YouTube is next so get over it and just use Google+ it's a great product and service. You will use Google+ whether you like it or not if you use any product from Google.

They already have Picasa and plenty of other things to work on. People bitching the most are probably the ones using it for free anyway. If they were actually making money on it, then maybe they'd keep it going. Everybody wants something for nothing nowadays, and they'll make a fuss because when they can't. Deal with it and move on. Plenty of other alternatives.

farmeunit said,
They already have Picasa and plenty of other things to work on. People bitching the most are probably the ones using it for free anyway. If they were actually making money on it, then maybe they'd keep it going. Everybody wants something for nothing nowadays, and they'll make a fuss because when they can't. Deal with it and move on. Plenty of other alternatives.

I agree. If they want it that badly then it's easily accessible and free to use by signing up for a Google Account. If that means you need to swing by your Google+ page to get to it then so be it. You don't need to actively use Google+ in order to use the photo editing tools.

This is irrelevant - the service is not being shutdown completely but integrated with Google+. The problem with this is that Picnik is designed well and serves its function well, while many protesters do not believe that to be the case with Google+, myself included.

Matthew_Thepc said,

WOAH....
what happened to your pic?
O:

I have censored it, to protest against SOPA and PIPA.
Haven't gotten against Bing. Lol

Matthew_Thepc said,

ahh.....was getting a little worried there

One other person actually messaged me, asking me why have I gotten against Bing.