Twitpic is shutting down because Twitter killed it
Twitter, surprisingly, never used to natively support images back in 2008 and so a new service was born: Twitpic. Various popular third-party Twitter clients supported Twitpic and it was used by thousands, but Twitter eventually added photo sharing to its service and it was clear services like Twitpic and Yfrog weren’t going to last forever. Twitpic is now shutting down on September 25th, but not because it couldn’t compete with Twitter’s own image service — because Twitter is killing it dead.
In a blog post announcing the service closure, Twitpic’s Noah Everett notes "Twitter contacted our legal demanding that we abandon our trademark application or risk losing access to their API." The move shocked Everett "since Twitpic has been around since early 2008, and our trademark application has been in the USPTO since 2009." Twitpic doesn’t have the resources to battle Twitter legally and Everett has decided to shut down Twitpic instead.
It’s a classic case of Twitter changing its rules and dominating the very features that third-party developers and services made popular on the service. Twitter has taken an aggressive stance on third-party Twitter clients over the past couple of years, forcing many to close down or charge users for access to precious tokens that the social network restricts developers with. Back in 2008 Twitter was a growing service and it was a free for all for developers. Today it has millions of users and hungry investors to answer to in a quest to make itself profitable.
Source: The Verge