Twitpic's on again, off again life is still running headstrong into "off," but that isn't quite as ominous as it was thanks to a deal where Twitter will take over the photo sharing service's archives and name. The deal only keeps the photo archives and domain alive, and for now it looks like that's all it will do.
Twitpic is still dead, but Twitter is keeping your photos online for now
A statement on the Twitpic blog said,
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. 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.
The Twitpic app has been removed from Apple's App Store and Google's Android app store and are no longer supported, and users can't upload new images to their Twitpic account, but they can still login via the Twitpic website and view or export their photos.
Twitpic fell apart when Twitter contested the company's name during the trademark process, leading the company to announce it was shutting down. Twitpic later reversed course saying it found a buyer, but then backtracked when that deal fell through.
For now, Twitpic users will have to take solace in knowing their images aren't lost forever, but considering the service's future is murky at best, exporting whatever photos you've uploaded is a prudent move.