Twitter assures security of Twitpic photos and videos… for now at least

27 Oct 2014 | Author: | No comments yet »

Twitter Becomes Twitpic’s Unlikely Savior.

Twitpic founder Noah Everett wrote in a blog post Saturday that he was happy to announce his company “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.” The company said earlier this month it was shutting down on Saturday after a failed acquisition deal which was to prevent it from having to close.

It was originally an image-sharing website that was initially designed to allow Twitter users to upload photos to the then text-only Twitter time line. Twitpic had said last month it would shut down after a trademark dispute with Twitter. “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,” wrote Everett in September. As Twitpic’s user base consists of Twitter users, it made sense to keep the data with Twitter, Everett wrote Saturday. “Twitter shares our goal of protecting our users and this data,” he added. Twitpic has been searching for a suitor after it announced in early September would be shutting down amid the threat of a trademark infringement suit from Twitter. However, Twitter has stepped in and is reportedly keeping both the domain and the photo archive of the website alive, allowing thousands of users to keep accessing their photos and personal data.

Twitpic was one of the early sites built on Twitter’s API, offering users a way to share photo on the social media service, something that Twitter itself started offering in 2011. Internet archivists and former Twitpic users attempted to download old images but were stymied by buggy tools and interference from the company itself. Internet archivists Archive Team said it had decided to make a full copy of Twitpic as it looks now, because it is unsure about the potential changes as a result of the agreement between Twitpic and Twitter. More from WSJ.D: And make sure to visit WSJ.D for all of our news, personal tech coverage, analysis and more, and add our XML feed to your favorite reader.

You can’t upload any new content to the service, but existing photos — like the famous Hudson River plane crash picture — will still be accessible as long as Twitter continues to support the archive. A Gizmodo writer called the acquisition: “a fairly dignified ending for a service that is, by this stage, almost entirely surplus to requirements.” And a Mashable writer notes this is about as good an ending as everyone involved could have hoped for. “Everett got rid of Twitpic, Twitter got rid of a service with a name that was probably too similar to its own for comfort and users don’t have to worry about their images disappearing into the night.”

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