Saturday, January 21, 2012

Forget SOPA! Google Kills Picnik!!

I can't believe what I am seeing here... Yes! Dear people of the Internet .. I am a Picnik Geek! I love Picnik... It is a BRILLIANT online photo editing website. If you don't know - go there and try out the whole range of editing .. soon to be ended by GOOGLE on April 19, 2012.

Bought by Google in 2010 .. Internet Media reports: Google shut down Picnik...

In reality, Google are shutting down not "a service" - but they are shutting down a source of creativity. The editing features of Picnik originally designed by the creators (not Google), were brilliantly conceived, brilliantly designed and fun to use. Picnik was not a "service", it was an artists drawing board .. easy to use and a lot of fun.

By shutting Picnik down Google are not killing a service, they are destroying an "Open Source" creative platform.

Yes! I was a subscriber to Picnik Premium.
Premium Refunds To our primo Picnik Premium members, we’ll begin processing a full refund of your current membership fee within a week of this announcement.
I don't want a REFUND - I want PICNIK !!!

It's like crushing a flower, picking off the petals and sticking them one by one onto various stagnant projects. Sticking them under glass in a Google Museum.

Technologizer reports: Picnik is popular, and it’s good, and the world will be a sadder place place without it–at least for folks who already know and love it.
Why is it going away? That’s not entirely clear. Google’s blog post says it’s so “the Picnik team can continue creating photo-editing magic across Google products.” But when you go to Picnik, you get a message that “Picnik is moving its easy yet powerful photo editing tools to Google+,” which is a slightly different message. In either case, though, it sounds like Google thinks that photo editing is less of a destination, which is what Picnik was, and more of a feature.
...I don't want to use Google+

More than that .. Picnik is not something you can just break apart and add to a "social service" .. Duh!! This is so horrible .. for fun loving creative, innovative geeks .. it is the "end-of-the world". The Maya were right!!

Instead of killing Picnik, why don't Google sell it to someone? Even better - give it away to ??? the people who created it!! Or, even better!! Just leave Picnik online - as it is - just for fun - like a temple of Atlantis [Haha! Funny joke!!]

Just leave Picnik floating there in hyper-space... A strange and elusive settlement of artists and innovators who just meet up on the Picnik platform. Don't kill it .. let it be - what it is - for those who love it.

I don't want a GOOGLE+ account - I want PICNIK !!!

GeekWire "We’re retiring the service on April 19, 2012 so the Picnik team can continue creating photo-editing magic across Google products..."

I don't want to "create magic" across Google products...

But, you know what? I have a GREAT IDEA !!

Salvage what you want from Picnik to be the magic@Google products .. and leave the rest online as it is, rather than cut it all up and dissect this marvelous open creative online "drawing board" that people love to use. '-)

Creations From My Picnik Folder