Twitpic is shutting down, read our blog for more info http://t.co/7QZJTjKikM - Please retweet— TwitPic (@TwitPic) September 4, 2014
After nearly six years, TwitPic is shutting down its service amidst pressure from Twitter's legal team. The service has worked in conjunction with Twitter for several years providing hosting services for images and videos.
According to a blog post by TwitPic creator Noah Everett, Twitter contacted his company a few weeks ago in regards to a trademark that was filed for his company that has been pending since 2009. The Twitter legal team demanded they abandon the trademark or risk losing access to the Twitter API.
Naturally this came as a shock to Everett, as TwitPic has been around for nearly six years and has never run into this issue prior. In the end, it's a classic tale of a small company not having the resources to battle a company like Twitter in court. Instead, TwitPic will shut down its service on September 25th, 2014.
For those that have amassed a war chest of images and videos on the service, TwitPic will be offering a way to download all of your precious memories from their site in the next couple of days.