It’s been an up-and-down month or so for Twitpic, one of the original photo-sharing services: first the company said that it was being forced to shut down due to threats from Twitter about its name, then it said it was going to be acquired by an unnamed company, then it said the purchase was called off and it was shutting down after all. Now, Twitpic says it has reached a deal with Twitter to maintain both the company’s domain and its complete historical archive of photos.
In a blog post published on Sunday, founder Noah Everett said that the company had arrived at an arrangement with Twitter whereby the service will keep the Twitpic photos available “for the time being,” although it’s not clear what that phrase means exactly. Everett also thanked users for their patience and acknowledged that it had been “quite the roller coaster ride.”
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. Twitter shares our goal of protecting our users and this data. Also, since Twitpic’s user base consists of Twitter users, it makes sense to keep this data with Twitter.
Everett said the deal meant that users would still be able to login to download their photos, delete them or delete their accounts, but that the Android and iOS apps would be removed from their respective stores and would no longer function. The Twitpic founder added that he wanted to “say thank you for allowing me to be a part of your photo sharing memories for nearly seven years. It has been an honor.”