The first picture app I started using was Picplz on my Android phone. There wasn’t any other options for me to go to. At the time the app that had all the media in a tizzy was Instagram – and they were iPhone only.
But I wanted to post my pictures – easily and quickly too! And starting out picplz handled that quite handsomely. So I went on my merry way, snapping pictures on my Droid and using picplz to get them online quickly.
And then the Verizon iPhone came out and I gobbled one up as fast as I could. I installed both picplz and Instagram on my phone right away – Instagram to try out and picplz to resume my account.
I tried out Instagram quickly and swiftly After running through its basic feature set I deleted it out of a sense of loyalty to picplz.
I should let it be known that when I first started using Picplz its quite affable and friendly founder – Dalton – quickly followed my account and liked a picture of mine. I further went on to write an unofficial WordPress Picplz widget that was again liked by Dalton and praised by other Picplz users. All of this instilled in me a relatively strong sense of loyalty to Picplz that I find kind of hard to break.
So today I’m on my second day of vacation in Miami and ready and willing to share my experiences through pictures. I would normally turn to Picplz to help me accomplish this task however recently two points of friction have caused me to not use Picplz as frequently.
I am quite excited to announce that I have created and published my first open-source piece of code: an unofficial Picplz Widget for WordPress! You can see it in action right here on my blog! Just look to the right of the page!
Since finding Picplz I have immensely enjoyed using their service to easily share pictures online. Until recently the only way I was able to share my Picplz account on this blog was by using a static image that merely linked to my account and showed my Picplz user page.
Earlier this week Picplz launched their API which opened up the ability for anyone with the technical know-how to access their pictures and account information direct from Picplz.
Oh! I have so much I want to say and my fingers aren’t fast enough to type them!
So with Picplz’s new API I set to work creating a WordPress widget that will allow anyone with a Picplz account and WordPress blog to easily show off their Picplz pictures directly on their blog! Huzzah!
Not only do I believe this is the first WordPress widget for Picplz but it is also my very first piece of published open-source code. Aha! So exciting for me!
On top of that I’ve never created a WordPress plugin or widget before. So armed with a positive attitude and the intention to get it done at all costs I set forward on a crash-course to teach myself how to create a WordPress plugin.
The following sites proved invaluable to my learning:
Without a few years experience with the WordPress software I am sure that this endeavor would have taken at least twice as long to accomplish. And hey – I firmly believe anything can be done with a hot cup of tea by your side! Thank you Lipton!
So please enjoy my Picplz WordPress Widget. It was fun to make and I can’t wait to dream up what changes should be added for its next release. Let me know what you want to see in there and I’ll do my best to make it happen.
Click here for the Picplz Widget
I’ve been trying out this new service called picplz for the past couple of days. It’s a dedicated Android and iPhone app that lets you take pictures and then upload it to your own page on the picplz site. It’s simple enough that I’ve been using it semi-regularly, with the possibility of increased use should I get some friends to share with. So have a look at my picplz site and sign up if you think it looks like fun.