Twitpic Will Shut Down on September 25, Prepare to Export Your Media
Article by George Norman
On 05 Sep 2014
Prepare to export your photos and videos from Twitpic, because the popular website is going to shut down. You read that right! Twitpic announced that it plans to shut down come the 25th of September, 2014.

I’m sure that you’re wondering why this is happening. Twitpic owner Noah Everett explained in a blog post that Twitter is to blame.

A debate over trademark is forcing Twitpic to shut down (more details below).

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The Bad News – Twitpic Will Shut Down

Twitpic, the popular website that lets you upload photos and videos to Twitter, will shut down. The website that launched about 6 years ago will shut down three weeks from now, on the 25th of September 2014.

Twitpic users will be able to export all their photos and videos. The option to export media will become available “in the next few days,” explained Twitpic owner Noah Everett.

The Reason behind the Bad News – Twitter Itself

Noah Everett is pointing the finger at Twitter for having to shut down. The short story is this: Twitpic, site launched back in 2008, applied for a trademark in 2009; Twitter contacted Everett and threatened to block access to their API unless Twitpic abandons its trademark application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Because Twitpic doesn’t have the resources to fight a big company like Twitter, the decision was made to shut down Twitpic.

“Unfortunately we do not have the resources to fend off a large company like Twitter to maintain our mark which we believe whole heartedly is rightfully ours. Therefore, we have decided to shut down Twitpic,” explained Noah Everett on the official Twitpic blog.

The relationship between Twitter and Twitpic has been strained since 2011. People keeping track of these things will remember that’s when Twitter launched its own photo-sharing service.




Tags: Twitter, Twitpic, Noah Everett, photo, video
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