In early September Twitpic announced that it had decided to shutdown after a trademark conflict with Twitter.
Two weeks later the company tweeted that it would “live on”, reporting that it had been acquired. The mystery buyer was never unveiled.
Yesterday, Twitpic tweeted that it is now, definitely, shutting down, after the acquisition turned out to be a false alarm.
“It’s with a heavy heart that I announce again that Twitpic will be shutting down on October 25th,” writes founder Noah Everett on the Twitpic blog. “We worked through a handful of potential acquirers and exhausted all potential options. We were almost certain we had found a new home for Twitpic (hence our previous tweet), but agreeable terms could not be met. Normally we wouldn’t announce something like that prematurely but we were hoping to let our users know as soon as possible that Twitpic was living on.”
“I’m sincerely sorry (and embarrassed) for the circumstances leading up to this, from our initial shutdown announcement to an acquisition false alarm.”
Twitpic users can export their data and photos (limited to the most recent 5,000 images) at: http://twitpic.com/account/settings.