My vacation in Puerto Rico had a short solo leg in San Juan (photos) followed by a week on the island of Vieques with some of my family. It was at the same time relaxing and adventurous, filled with trips to Vieques’ myriad beaches, a rainy night in the bioluminescent bay, and rum cocktails on the Malecón, the Esperanza village’s harbor promenade.
I missed this last week: PicPlz is barely live as a service, and it’s already been spun off in a cash deal so its makers can be done with it.
These little mobile apps combine convenience with effortless social interaction, but the final loyalty isn’t to the user. I’m hoping that the social sharing experience for stuff like this becomes less dependent on proprietary services that try to own the social interaction. In the meantime, I’ll be trying to find more effective ways of recreating these rich experiences on platforms that let me own and control my content.