Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
Frank B.

Twitpic is shutting down because Twitter killed it

4 posts in this topic

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.

 

Javascript is not enabled or refresh the page to view.

Click here to view the Tweet

 

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

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

TBH I thought Twitpic was owned by twitter.

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

wow, I always thought twitpic was part of twitter myself too because of how commonly it was used

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

twitter has been really getting overly aggressive lately. i'm surprised they haven't been taking more flack than they are

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.