Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) will keep active Twitpic‘s domain and photo archive, which the company was expected to scrap on Saturday, according to the failed image-sharing website. Users who have saved their photos on Twitpic will continue to be able access the data, but there is no word on how long they will be able to.
Twitpic can be accessed on Twitter for now
On Saturday, Noah Everett, founder of Twitpic, wrote in a blog post that he was pleased to announce that his company has entered into an agreement with Twitter to give the company the Twitpic domain and photo archive, thereby keeping the photos and links alive for now. Users find Twitpic handy to share their images on Twitter, but the application was increasingly abandoned by users once the micro-blogging site came up with its own photo uploading feature.
Users who have shared and created their photo archives can still view the photos but not upload any new photos or data. Twitpic will allow users to access their profiles, delete content or their Twitpic account, or export and download their content, according to Everett. He also said that Android and iOS users will no longer be able to access the Twitpic app on their smartphones, however.
User’s data secured
Twitpic was supposed to be closed on Saturday after the company’s management accepted that the acquisition deal with Twitter had fizzled out. According to Everett, the acquisition deal was an impulsive decision as both parties could not reach a consensus. Twitpic earlier announced that it would pull down the site following a trademark dispute with Twitter.
In the note, Everett said, “Unfortunately we do not have the resources to fend off a large company like Twitter to maintain our mark which we believe wholeheartedly is rightfully ours,” and added that Twitpic’s user base overlaps with the Twitter so, it was relevant enough to keep the data with Twitter. Everett said that Twitter shares and supports their goal of protecting users and data.
The Internet Archivist Archive team (a group of Internet archivists who attempt to save culturally and historically important web groups before they go offline forever) has announced that it will make a full copy of Twitpic similar to what it looks now because it is not sure about the changes that are coming.