Twitter Picks Up Twitpics Domain and Archive as Photo Site Closes

twitpicPhoto-sharing service Twitpic has announced an agreement with Twitter that will give the social network ownership of Twitpics domain and its substantial photo archive.

Twitpic has been in trouble for several weeks, having announced last month that it would be shutting down due to a trademark dispute with Twitter over its name. Later that month, it announced it had been acquired by an mystery buyer, but the purchase talks fell through, placing the company back on the road to closure.

Following the agreement with Twitter, the Twitpic site will no longer accept new uploads, and its archive will become read-only, with users able to download and manage their existing photo collections as normal. The iOS and Android apps have already been removed from their respective app stores, and support will be discontinued.

“We werent able to find a way to keep Twitpic independent,” wrote company founder Noah Everett. “Twitter shares our goal of protecting our users and this data. also since Twitpics user base consists of Twitter users, it make sense to keep this data with Twitter.

“This will be my final chapter with Twitpic, and again I want to say thank you for allowing me to be a part of your photo sharing memories for nearly seven years.”