Twitter buries TwitPic, closing down Sept 25

Photo-sharing website Twitpic is closing its doors as of September 25th, founder Noah Everett’s heartfelt announcement goes into detail about the dispute they had with Twitter.

In the blog post by Noah on September 4 he said Twitter lawyers contacted TwitPic and demanded they remove the trademark application, if they did not comply they would lose Twitter’s API access, which is the code they need to allow Twitpic users share photos over Twitter.

Noah also went on to say they do not have the resources to fend of a big company like Twitter, so instead of fighting a losing battle they decided they would shut down TwitPic on September 25th. Noah said, “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.”

The need for TwitPic became apparent when Twitter decided to add more features allowing more photos to be added within tweets, Twitter also has a number of firms where they grant full access to its API. With this in mind there is no need for TwitPic.

A Twitter spokesperson said they were sad to see TwitPic shutting down. Looking at it from a public point of view it all seems rather complicated, but in a nutshell Twitter believes they encourage developers to build above its Twitter service just like TwitPic has done for many years. But like many companies Twitter wants to protect its brand such as trademarks, some may agree but many will disagree.

TwitPic will be allowing its users to export all photos. If we look back to 2010, Twitter offered TwitPic $10 million, which at the time wasn’t too bad considering TwitPic was earning approx $1.5 million a year.

Do you think Twitter are right in what they did to TwitPic?

Twitter buries TwitPic, closing down Sept 25