“We weren’t able to find a way to keep Twitpic independent. However, 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,” writes founder Noah Everett on the Twitpic blog. “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 outlines what this agreement means for Twitpic users:
1. Twitpic will no longer be taking on new photos or data (the site will be in a read-only mode)
2. The iOS and Android apps have been removed from the app stores and will no longer be supported
3. You will still be able to login to your profile to delete content or delete your account on Twitpic.com
4. You can still export and download your data / photo archive on Twitpic.com
This is, of course, good news for Twitpic users, and it also preserves the iconic Hudson River photo, which was originally uploaded to Twitpic. I think this is important for both Twitter and the social web.
How long this agreement with Twitter will be maintained and whether Twitpic will eventually be absorbed wholly into Twitter is unknown at this time. Everett, however, writes that this is his “final chapter with Twitpic”, so any information henceforth is likely to come directly from Twitter.