Micro-blogging site Twitter has announced that it will temporarily preserve all the 800 million images on the photo-sharing service TwitPic.
Twitter-integrated photo sharing service succeeded in securing the last-minute agreement with the micro-blogging site and got insurance that all its 800 million photos on the site will continue to stay online temporarily.
Elaborating upon the deal, Twitpic’s founder Noah Everett said, “Twitter shares our goal of protecting our users and this data. Also, since Twitpic’s user base consists of Twitter users, it makes sense to keep this data with Twitter. This will be my final chapter with Twitpic, and again I want to say thank you for allowing me to be a part of your photo sharing memories for nearly seven years. It has been an honour.”
Twitpic, that relies on Twitter for its businesses, had last month disappointed its users after it went offline completely (with effect from September 25) after giving almost six years of service.
The company was running into trademark dispute with Twitter that had threatened withdrawal of a trademark application, failing which the photo-sharing service provider will lose access to their API.
TwitPic was founded by Noah Everett in February 2008 as an alternate site for tweeters for sharing of photos before it was built into the service itself.
The company will hand over its domain and the complete photo archive to Twitter. This will enable easy accessibility to old links to TwitPic “for the time being”. But the image-sharing service provider will shut down completely and its existing users will have to switch to Twitter’s own image-sharing service, in case they haven’t done yet.