Timeless Thoughts: The Piczo Days
19th November 2015
I have decided to join in with the Timeless Thoughts linkup hosted by Georgie and Tara. It is where bloggers write about something from their past. For more information, check out Tara’s blog by clicking the banner at the bottom of the page.
Back in 2005 there was a social media website that got teenagers world wide interested in web development. This website was Piczo.
Piczo allowed users to simply build websites by adding features such as text, images, guestbooks and HTML codes, and then drag-and-drop them into position. It was eventually bought by another company before being closed down in 2012, but during it’s short life span Piczo changed my life.
If it wasn’t for Piczo I probably wouldn’t have learnt to code, I probably wouldn’t have started a blog, and I probably wouldn’t be working as a web developer.
So naturally, Piczo has a very special place in my heart.
Today I thought I would reminisce about a few of my key Piczo memories; some good, and some I think we’d all like to forget!
Competitions in the Piczo days were not like the competitions we are use to seeing today on bloggers. There were never physical items up for grabs, but instead you could win free advertising and an awesome image/certificate to place on your Piczo site to let everyone know how awesome you were. Award pages were not uncommon either.
Also, unlike competitions on blogs today, you had to actually put effort in to something to win something. For instance, a lot of people ran icon competitions where you had to design a 100px by 100px icon to a certain specification, or a photography competition, which were hillarious in themselves because some people would just submit photos that they hadn’t take themselves. Which leads me nicely on to…
Not caring about copyright
I don’t think any Piczo users cared about copyright, or probably just weren’t aware of it in the first place. Everyone used to just steal images from other people’s Piczo sites and stick them on their own sites without giving credit. Can you believe it?!
We also use to use and abuse celebrity images as nobody knew that this was incredibly wrong (although I guess some people still don’t know this). My Piczo site was plastered with pictures of Heath Ledger and I wasn’t even slightly sorry.
Glitter graphics were a staple of Piczo sites. They were tacky, annoying, and oh so glittery. But we didn’t realise it back in the day, and they were on everyone’s enter page, home page and about page. And if you had a big enough collection then you probably had a glitter graphics page to show off your stash.
Towards the end of Piczo’s life, glitter graphics died out and you wouldn’t have been see dead with them on your site. Thank goodness we all developed some taste over the years.
Discovering HTML & CSS
I remember visiting some other Piczo sites and discovering that they had really “professional” (my idea of professional has changed drastically over the years) looking websites. I was amazed because I couldn’t figure out which in-built Piczo features they had use to make their site look like that. Of course, they had gone beyond the features of Piczo and used this magical thing called “code”.
This is when I discovered HTML & CSS. It’s also when I discovered, to my complete horror, that not all websites were created by dragging and dropping featured onto a page. My world changed forever that day, even though I didn’t know it at the time.
Did you ever use Piczo? If so, what are your memories of the site?
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