Twitter has been indicted for arm twisting Twitpic, a third party photo sharing application for Twitter to close down , a charge which has been denied by Twitter.
In an emotional blog, Noah Everett, CEO of Twitpic announced the decision to bring curtains on the third-party applications built for sharing photos on Twitter. Twitpic was built upon the Twitter’s (TWTR) Application Programming Interface (API).
Twitpic enabled Twitter users to share photos on the popular micro-blogging service. It came into existence in 2008. It was years before Twitter created a default function within its site which offered similar capabilities in 2011. With the launch of the default function popularity of the Twitpic and other 3rd party applications waned.
Noah Everett, CEO of Twitpic in a statement on the blog revealed that Twitpic’s legal department was contacted by Twitter a couple of weeks ago and asked to forfeit its trademark, or lose access to Twitter’s API. Everett further added that the demand by Twitter was uncalled for since it had registered with the United State Patent and Trademark office since 2009 for the Twitpic trademark. Twitpic is the rightful owner of the trademark but lacks the resources to fight legally a big house like Twitter. Twitpic has announced that it will be closing down its services from September 25 and will allow users to download the pictures they have uploaded.
Many experts feel that it could be a ploy by Twitpic to extract some benefits from Twitter since it has a bigger reputation to protect. However a majority of experts feel that Twitter must indeed have arm twisted Twitpic out of business. A major factor which could have forced the closure of Twitpic could be its falling users after twitter opened its default function. There was no logic in having two similar services in the same site.