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Twitter to Acquire Twitpic

Twitpic was going to go dark thanks to Twitter cutting off access to the Twitter API.


Twitter will acquire Twitpic, a website that allowed users to post photos to the microblogging site.

Twitpic announced Saturday on its blog that, after the “roller coaster ride” of recent months, it has reached an agreement with Twitter that gives it the Twitpic domain and photo archive — a move that will keep the photos and links alive.

“This will be my (@noaheverett) 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 honor,” Twitpic founder Noah Everett said in the post.

Millions of images were set to disappear today, as Twitpic was scheduled to go dark.

Twitpic announced plans to shut down in September. The company decided to throw in the towel following a trademark dispute with Twitter in which the social network threatened to cut off Twitpic’s access to its API, wrote Everett.

The trademark dispute came as a surprise, Everett noted at the time, since the company had been around since 2008 and filed its trademark application in 2009.

“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,” Everett wrote in the earlier blog post.

Under terms of its agreement with Twitter, Twitpic will no longer accept new photos or data, and its application has been removed from the Google Play and Apple App stores.

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