Twitpic finally decides to shut down, but if you want to get all of your pictures, export them before October 25th.
Twitpic users have been on an emotional roller-coaster over the last several months. First, users were alerted that the company and the photo and video sharing service would be shutting down at the end of September. Then, just days before the official shutdown date, the service received a shot of life in the arm.
The company completely changed their tone, and even hinted that the service would be there for the long haul. Now though, time appears to have finally run out for Twitpic. The service is set to shut down on October 25th, and as of now, it does not appear as though the service will be receiving any last minute resuscitation.
According to the company, the reason is simply for an inability to come up with “agreeable terms,” with a new partner, and so this is the only option. However, already having avoided one shut down by mere days, the company admitted that this entire situation had grown tiring, citing that they were “embarrassed” for the way it all happened.
Now though, users are left with a stiff choice. Either let your photos go by the wayside with the company as they shut the service down or willingly remove media. Twitpic has an export page that allows users to remove their photos safely and claim their Twitpic history. However, at the end of the week, that very same export page was down.
At this point, it’s unclear how frequently, if at all, it will be updated before the service shuts down entirely. That said, the process of removing your media appears to be quite simple, with a simple export request, and downloading of a ZIP file, which will ultimately contain all of your images.
Twitpic was born in 2008 when Twitter didn’t have a horse in the image sharing race. However, in the years since, Twitter hasn’t just jumped into the race, but has taken over with a photo sharing service that is as good as any of the major social networks. However, many had noted that even with Twitter’s photo sharing services, Twitpic remained incredibly popular.
Though now, it doesn’t look like popularity, or anything else, will save the service from calling it quits. Users are urged to utilize the export tool to recover their images that they previously shared through the service.