Google Buys Another API With Picnik Acquisition

Picnik, the very popular browser based photo editing service that's been integrated into many other sites via their Picnik API, has just been acquired by Google:

We've just been acquired by Google! What does this mean for Picnik? It means we can think BIG. Google processes petabytes of data every day, and with their worldwide infrastructure and world-class team, it is truly the best home we could have found. Under the Google roof we'll reach more people than ever before, impacting more lives and making more photos more awesome.

No changes will be made the service immediately, and Google is committed to supporting existing Picnik partners:

We're not announcing any significant changes to Picnik today, though we'll be working hard on Integration and new features. As well, we'd like to continue supporting all existing Picnik partners so that users will continue to be able to add their photos from other photo sharing sites, make edits in the cloud and then save and share to all relevant networks.


It will be interesting to see how this will affect sites like Flickr, owned by rival Yahoo, that have established partnerships with Picnik, especially since Flickr is in direct competition with Google services like Picasa (which, incidentally, is also integrated into the Picnik service).

Picnik joins a fairly long list of acquisitions by Google, including a number of photo sharing sites and tools with APIs like Panoramio and Picasa. Developers will have to wait and see if the Picnik API will remain unchanged.

This Picnik blog post has a small FAQ section that answers a few common questions people may have about how these events will affect Picnik and its users. While no changes are being made immediately, gaining access to Googles infrastructure will certainly provide for some interesting possibilities.

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