When it comes to using photo apps to uploading your life to the cloud, all the talk at the moment is about the dangers of getting hacked. But it's worth remembering that your precious images could also just get deleted, if the service that's storing them ceases to be.
And that's about to happen for anyone who's ever used Twitpic. A third-party tool launched in 2008, it was one of the only ways to upload photos to Twitter until 2011, when Twitter launched its own photo sharing features.
But it's remained popular, partly because so many other apps are tied into it. And it also scores over Twitter in other ways – such as the fact that it promised to store and provide easy access to those photos in perpetuity. Well, until now that is.
Twitpic has suddenly announced it's going to close in 20 days. Why? It’s a legal thing. Twitter wants them to abandon their trademark, and they're not willing to play ball. Or rather, it's their ball and they're taking it home with them.
"Unfortunately we do not have the resources to fend off a large company like Twitter to maintain our mark which we believe whole heartedly is rightfully ours," explained Twitpic's Noah Everett. "Therefore, we have decided to shut down Twitpic."
This means that any images or videos you've uploaded to Twitter using TwitPic will be wiped on 25 September, unless you use an export feature that TwitPic will make live in the next few days. That's not long at all, so we'll be sure to let you know as soon as that’s up and running.