It’s been fairly well documented elsewhere, but I figured there was no harm duplicating it here.
For various reasons I don’t particularly want to go into, Pikfu.com will be closing down on 20th May. Galleries will disappear on this date, but data/images will be available up to 31st July 2012 for download. Live beta users will be contacted privately so everyone has fair notice. There has been some discussion surrounding this on the pikfu-users list (over on Google Groups – now restricted and new subscribers will be refused) but that list will be closed down approximately the same date; put simply it’s been costing me money for a long time and with no income from it I’m going to call it a day.
Sad it didn’t make it out of beta, but markets change and there are plenty of reasonable offerings. I understand the place-to-go right now for that sort of thing is Piwigo, and you can also run your own Piwigo install.
Thanks for the nice words from folks over this decision. Hope to see you around for a jar sometime!