Twitter acquires to Twitpic; will keep hosting images
Microblogging network Twitter has announced acquisition of Twitpic, few hours before the image sharing website was about to close its operations. Twitpic announced that Twitter will allow users to watch and download old images. The website will be accessible in 'read-only' mode and users will not be able to upload new images.
Twitpic was also involved in a trademark dispute with Twitter. Twitpic was not able to raise cash. Twitpic founder Noah Everett said that the company is not having enough of money to fight a legal battle. Twitpic was dealing with an unnamed buyer, but it was later announced that the deal couldn't be finalized. The company had announced shutdown in September. Twitpic was launched in 2008 and was supporting a strong user base.
In a final blog post, Everett said, "We weren't able to find a way to keep Twitpic independent. However, I'm happy to announce that we have 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."
Existing users will be allowed to access their account. They will have the option to delete, download, export or view their uploaded images.
Technology experts believe that Twitter could integrate the accounts on Twitpic with its own system. However, Twitter has not officially made any statement regarding its next move with the Twitpic userbase and their data.
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