Twitpic has confirmed that it will close its doors on September 25th after Twitter demanded they give up their trademark or lose access to the Twitter API. Users will be able to export all media before this date if so desired, but after the 25th, the service will no longer be active.
“A few weeks ago Twitter contacted our legal demanding that we abandon our trademark application or risk losing access to their API. This came as a shock to us since Twitpic has been around since early 2008, and our trademark application has been in the USPTO since 2009.”
It appears that this is not the first time Twitpic has battled to keep itself alive, but unfortunately for them, the power of Twitter means they simply will not be able to put this one to bed.
I always think its sad to see small websites get shut down by those more powerful, simply because smaller website teams don’t have the revenue or resource to fend them off. Is this really fair?
It looks like Twitter has waded in and forced Twitpic’s hand, and for that I cannot help but feel slightly guilty to still be an active Twitter user.
I’m sorry for the folks at Twitpic and hope they can move on and create another exciting, useable product that won’t face similar legal issues.
To read more on the story, you can visit the Twitpic blog post.