Twitter has acquired the website and photo archive of Twitpic following the closure of the service.
Twitpic creator Noah Everett announced the news in a blog post, and the deal means that the photo archive of Twitpic will be protected.
Twitpic announced the decision to shut down in September after being served with a legal notice from Twitter over a trademark dispute. Soon after, it appeared the service may have had a reprieve by way of an acquisition by an un-named company. However, when the deal fell through, Twitpic again announced it would close.
Now, in a bid to protect content previously uploaded to the site through Twitpic, Twitter has acquired its archive. Users will no longer be able to upload content through Twitpic and apps have been removed from stores, but previous users can still sign in to their accounts to manage existing content.
“I’m happy to announce that we have reached an agreement with Twitter to give them the Twitpic domain and photo archive, thus keeping the photos and links alive for the time being,” Everett said.
“Twitter shares our goal of protecting our users and this data. Also, since Twitpic’s user base consists of Twitter users, it makes sense to keep this data with Twitter.”
Everett added that the deal was his “final chapter” with Twitpic and said it had been an “honour” to work with users over the last seven years.