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Say Goodbye to Twitpic
By: Jessica Cherok
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Twitpic was our go-to image posting site for Twitter, but we’ll have to say goodbye come the end of this month. Come September 25, Twitpic will be shut down.

According to Twitpic, the shutdown is due to a battle with Twitter. The social media site has long been after Twitpic to end, and it looks like it’s finally won out. Twitter threatened to take away Twitpic’s access to the API. As you can imagine, this was somewhat shocking to Twitpic, since the company has been around since 2009.

Why did Twitter wait five years?

The reason behind Twitter’s sudden wish for Twitpic to stop is largely unclear. And for its part, Twitpic is eager to avoid a legal battle with Twitter, citing that it could not afford to go up against the social media behemoth. Twitpic’s founder, Noah Everett, said this in a blog post announcing the closure:

“Unfortunately we do not have the resources to fend off a large company like Twitter to maintain our mark which we believe whole heartedly is rightfully ours. Therefore, we have decided to shut down Twitpic.”

As for the future of Twitpic, there isn’t any firm plan yet. However, the company is making plans to build a photo and video exporter so Twitpic users can get all of their photos and videos before the company closes on September 25. 

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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