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Twitpic Can’t Find A Buyer, So It’s Pulling The Plug After All
Photo sharing service, which teased a company-saving acquisition last month, now says it will shut down Oct. 25.
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After tweeting on Sept. 18 that it had found a buyer to rescue it from closure — a shutdown that the company said was necessary because of a trademark dispute with Twitter — Twitpic announced today that it will in fact be shutting down.
Twitpic founder Noah Everett updated a blog post with this message:
It’s with a heavy heart that I announce again that Twitpic will be shutting down on October 25th. We worked through a handful of potential acquirers and exhausted all potential options. We were almost certain we had found a new home for Twitpic (hence our previous tweet), but agreeable terms could not be met. Normally we wouldn’t announce something like that prematurely but we were hoping to let our users know as soon as possible that Twitpic was living on.
I’m sincerely sorry (and embarrassed) for the circumstances leading up to this, from our initial shutdown announcement to an acquisition false alarm.
Before Twitter enabled native uploading of photos, Twitpic, founded in 2008, was one of the primary ways to share images on the service. The dispute with Twitter involved Twitpic’s application to trademark the Twitpic company name. Twitter apparently didn’t object to the use of the name, but didn’t want it to be trademarked. You can read more details about in Danny Sullivan’s recent post about the matter.
If you have Twitpic photos, you can download them before Oct. 25, by signing onto your account and visiting this link.
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