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Liz Panarelli, Common Sense Media
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Creative photo sharing tool is totally unmoderated.

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Ease of Play

This is a simple app makes uploading photos extremely easy once you have created a profile using an email address. It is not immediately apparent how to start a stream, but doing so is straightforward. The interface is also simple, though occasionally buggy or slow. Unlike Flickr, you cannot search for photos or streams by keyword or tag one photo for multiple streams. You can follow a specific user to see when they submit new photos and follow specific streams that you contribute to or start. 


Some photos may contain violent material, including a few of the jokes in one stream, but violence is not widespread.


Some photos may contain sexually explicit content, but it is not widespread. The stream to share a joke, however, contains many vulgar jokes that are derogatory toward women.


Some photos contain swear words such as "f--k," but this is not widespread. A few streams focus on words, including one to share jokes, many of which use vulgar language such as "p---y."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Several photos show alcoholic beverages, and there is at least one stream of photos of people's favorite beer. Some photos may contain references to drugs or smoking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Piictu has no moderation of submitted photos, so some may contain mature content such as alcohol, smoking, swear words, or nudity. Anyone can submit a photo, whose caption becomes the title of that stream, such as "the color blue." Anyone else browsing through the streams can see the photos in the stream and submit their own photos to it, or start their own streams. User profiles require an email address and optional photo and name, but there is no chat or contact information shared between users. Parents should talk to kids about what photos are appropriate for sharing. Read our article for tips on helping your kids manage online photos.

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Is it any good?

PIICTU builds on the really neat concept of engaging people in dialogue through photos. Several of the streams showcase creative and interesting ideas, like submitting recursive screenshots. However, there are still privacy concerns in terms of what your kids are sharing, and the lack of moderation of the photos means some explicit words and photos are scattered throughout. Finally, some of the functionality is a little frustrating, like not being able to search by keyword or tap directly on a photo if you're viewing a stream in gallery mode. If you're looking for a richer, more sophisticated photo sharing experience, you're probably better off with Flickr. Piictu has an edgier, more directly social feel.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: June 7, 2011
  • Category: Social Networking
  • Size: 2.50 MB
  • Publisher: Piictu Inc.
  • Version: 1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.1 or later
  • Last updated: June 20, 2019

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