Plans of shutting down on the 25th of September have been announced by Twitpic. This service was launched in the 2008 by Noah Everett for sharing images on Twitter, a popular social networking platform. However, it is being forced out of business by the very platform that it supports.
In a blog post with this regard, Everett said that making this announcement was quite hard and unexpected and they wanted to lay out what led to this decision.
As per Everett, legal department was contacted few weeks back and they put a demand of abandoning their trademark application or risk losing access to their API, which is the lifeline of Twitpic.
He said that they were surprised considering that Twitpic was around since early 2008 and their trademark application had been in patent office since the year 2009. Everett said that the company does not have the resources needed for fending off a large company such as Twitter and so it will be shutting down.
Since the year 2011, the relationship of Twitpic with the microblogging platform has been strained. With Twitter’s own photo sharing service was announced that year, a mock version of Twitter named Heelo was launched.
A reporter stated that the news of Twitpic shutting down is very sad, but it is necessary to take a legal action for protecting the band. In the mean time, users would be provided with a feature that would allow them to export of all the videos and photos. This would be live in a few days.