TwitPic Shutting Down

5 September 2014

TwitPic:

Twitpic will be shutting down September 25th. You will be able to export all your photos and videos. We’ll let everyone know when this feature is live in the next few days.

This is an unexpected and hard announcement for us to make and we want to lay out what led us to this decision.

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. Therefore, we have decided to shut down Twitpic.

I think there is an ulterior motive here. If Twitpic was a booming success, the owners could change the name and carry on as normal. I have to believe that the real reason for the shutdown is that pic.twitter.com has sucked TwitPic out of the market.1 The trademark dispute was simply the last nail in the coffin, and gives TwitPic a face-saving way of giving up.

1 TwitPic’s owners must have known that Twitter would integrate photos natively, eventually. It was only a matter of time.