Share photos with PicPlz Android app

by Caitlin M. Foyt

PicPlz is an app for your Android phone that simplifies the process of sharing photos across all of the majority social networking platforms. Once you get the hang of it, you'll find that it's easy to use.

Before you can get started, though, you must create an account, just like you must with pretty much every service app. Then, find all of the social networking web sites you're subscribed to and connect them to the app. There's Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, Posterous and Foursquare to choose from. Once you link up, you can start sharing your photos.

After taking a picture from within the app, PicPlz uses your phone's GPS system to guess where you are by listing some local restaurants and stores. If you're not into plotting yourself on a map for the world to see, you can bypass this option. You can also add a caption to your photo before you send it.

I was pleased to learn that you can make some tweaks via the app's menu that will allow you to make PicPlz your primary photo sharing program. You can also set PicPlz to automatically start up when you press the camera button on your phone. Click on the camera in the right hand corner of the app and you will be given a menu of choices including the ability to take a pic, select your location, apply photoeffects or post it to the web.

PicPlz didn't come with any kind of special instructions so it looks like users are just expected to figure it out on their own. Because the platform isn't the most intuitive, it takes a little time to get used to it. Luckily, the app's functions, when selected, seem to be pretty straightforward.

I especially enjoyed the fact that this app had a whole bunch of different photo effects, and they've all been given names that reflect how they look. Some of the names include: the '70s, Kaleidoscope Eyes and Trip to the Optometrist. This makes it easy to guess how these filters look.

My main issue with this app was the fact that upload speed didn't even compare with other photo-sharing apps I've used. I found it to be frustratingly slow, with uploads sometimes taking as much as five minutes or more. Also, I found that while I could access the application by opening my photo gallery, I couldn't access the photo gallery just by opening my app. This annoyed me because I could see myself taking photos with my standard camera app out of habit, and then remembering that I own PicPlz after the fact.

This app might not be the most efficient photo-uploading app in the Android marketplace, but it does what it sets out to do. Because it's free, it's certainly worth checking out.