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Instagram competitor PicPlz to shut down for good

If you're a PicPlz user, then it's time to find yourself a new photo-sharing service.

The Instagram competitor has notified users that it will be closing up shop for good in a month. PicPlz made the announcement on its blog Friday, as well as a note on its home page, and email to users over the weekend.

"It has been a pleasure bringing picplz to our users, but we have decided to move on to other projects and have made the tough decision to shut it down", the message reads.

The site will shut down permanently on July 3, at which time all photos and user data will be deleted. So now would be a good time to begin downloading any photos you have uploaded to the service. You can do so by logging in, and clicking the download link next to each photo in your feed.

Much like Instagram, PicPlz featured a photo-sharing social network within its free iPhone and Android apps. In addition to sharing with Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, Posterous and Foursquare, PicPlz let users share within the app, allowing them to browse through photos of the people they follow. The app also provided photo filters such as Instant Film, Russian Toy Camera, the 70s and High Contrast Monochrome, for retrofying captured moments.

News of the shutdown isn't entirely shocking, given the immense popularity of photo-sharing rival Instagram, which recently launched an Android app to much fanfare before being acquired by Facebook for $1 billion (£648.6 million).

PicPlz co-founder and current board member Dalton Caldwell said the company has been bootstrapping (not raising money), according to a TechCrunch report. The team operating PicPlz has been focussing its efforts as of late on a recently launched paid iPad app for Pinterest users called PinFlip.

"PinFlip has been doing very well and is currently the #5 paid iPad app in social networking in the US", Caldwell said, according to TechCrunch.