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In early September Twitpic announced that it had decided to shutdown after a trademark conflict with Twitter.
Two weeks later the company tweeted that it would “live on”, reporting that it had been acquired. The mystery buyer was never unveiled.
Yesterday, Twitpic tweeted that it is now, definitely, shutting down, after the acquisition turned out to be a false alarm.
Twitter’s internal image sharer, pic.twitter.com, is far and away the most popular way to publish photos on the platform, but that’s a relatively new development. Indeed, in days of yore (Twitter, circa 2006-mid 2011), the only way to share images on tweets was through a third party. And one of those third parties was Twitpic.
Twitter announced that it would offer an official image hosting and uploading service in August of this year, and it looks like it’s taken a chunk of out the third-parties that used to be the leaders in the space since then.
Twitter has become the number one photo sharing service on the network, with 36.1 percent of all shares coming from its official service.
It can’t be coincidental timing. Less than 24 hours after Twitter rolled out its official photo sharing service to all users – something which will seriously compete with a service like TwitPic, a third-party application that does the same thing as the now-official version – TwitPic co-founder Noah Everett announces his new project. And it looks suspiciously like a Twitter clone – with almost nothing to differentiate it.
We’ve seen our fair share of stupid Twitter moves here at AllTwitter, but this one is among the best of the worst. London rioters who stole goods from local businesses actually took to Twitter to boast about their newly acquired loot – and London police aren’t wasting any time rooting them out and slapping them with handcuffs.
Photo-sharing on Twitter has become big business, with popular sites such as Twitpic and Yfrog generating millions of visits and advertising impressions on a daily basis.
Now, in a move that will once again send a warning shot across the bows of would-be developers, Twitter is poised to launch its own photo-sharing service – and the announcement could come as early as tomorrow.
In the Wild West of online content ownership, Twitpic – the popular photo sharing service for Twitter – has taken a stance in favor of content creators. It has updated its terms of service to explicitly state that “all content uploaded to Twitpic is copyright the respective owners.” We’ll see if other photo-sharing services follow suit.
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