Monday, October 27, 2014

Twitter Buys Twitpic!

Twitter has acquired Twitpic's website and photo archive. "I'm happy to announce that we have reached an agreement with Twitter
to give them the Twitpic domain and photo archive, thus keeping the photos and links alive for the time being," Twitpic creator Noah Everett announced Saturday in a blog post. "Twitter shares our goal of protecting our users and this data."

 This resolution, which is more than a little ironic, ends one of the most melodramatic startup closures in recent memory. Twitpic, a service that allowed users to attach photos to their tweets, said in September that it would be shutting down. The reason, according to Everett, was that Twitter — a public company — opposed Twitpic receiving a trademark for its name.

If Twitpic didn't withdraw its trademark application, Twitter said it would revoke Twitpic's API key, making the service useless. Although Twitter said Twitpic could continue to operate and even continue to use its name, Everett was ready to pack up his bags and go home. His blog post, which tried to put the blame completely on Twitter, announced on Sept. 4 that the service would be going dark on Sept. 25.

 Almost immediately, the Archive Team (a group of Internet archivists who attempt to save culturally and historically important web groups before they go offline forever) tried to back up Twitpic and its important trove of imagery (including the iconic 2009 photo of an airplane landing on the Hudson). Just days into its archival attempts, however, Twitpic blocked the Archive Team's attempts to save data, saying "it had a plan." That plan, apparently, came by way of a last-minute acquirer that would save the service. Twitpic made the following announcement on Sept. 18:

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