Despite rumours that twitpic would survive, Noah Everett regretfully announced that Twitpic would be closing down…for reals.
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.
The site has been lagging due to users downloading all of their videos and photos from the site in preparation for October 25th. Which if you have an account I highly recommend you do as well from here>>>
The microblogging site was launched in 2008 by Noah Everett who found he couldnt share photos on twitter easily. Originally a web developer who specialised in PHP, MySQL and web design he ripped apart a spare server, and over one weekend tried to make it work with twitter. From there the site grew and from 2008 until now Twitpic has only had 2 major server crashes. Once was when a plane in the US crashed into the Hudson river and the first photos uploaded were to Twitpic, the second crash was in 2009 as again heavy traffic caused by uploading and viewing of the G20 protests in London.
Recently however the company had been threatened by twitter for trademark infringement and would subsequently lose its API access. Twitpic had vowed not to bow to the demands and on the 19th Sep had tweeted that Twitpic wouldn’t be shutting down due to being bought. However it was not meant to be and twitpic had to confirm its closure.
Twitpic we will miss you.