Twitpic is shutting down

Twitpic will be shutting down September 25th. You will be able to export all your photos and videos. We’ll let everyone know when this feature is live in the next few days. (The export tool can be found at http://twitpic.com/account/settings)

This is an unexpected and hard announcement for us to make and we want to lay out what led us to this decision.

A few weeks ago Twitter contacted our legal demanding that we abandon our trademark application or risk losing access to their API. This came as a shock to us since Twitpic has been around since early 2008, and our trademark application has been in the USPTO since 2009.

Here is some backstory on the history of our trademark:

We originally filed for our trademark in 2009 and our first use in commerce dates back to February 2008 when we launched. We encountered several hurdles and difficulties in getting our trademark approved even though our first use in commerce predated other applications, but we worked through each challenge and in fact had just recently finished the last one. During the “published for opposition” phase of the trademark is when Twitter reached out to our counsel and implied we could be denied access to their API if we did not give up our mark.

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. Therefore, we have decided to shut down Twitpic.

On a personal note I (@noaheverett) want to thank you for letting us be a part of your life and helping you share your experiences over the past 6 years, it’s truly been an honor. I have learned so much through running Twitpic over the years. Through the many mistakes I’ve made and lessons learned, to the bad days and the great days. Thank you again everyone…I will miss and cherish the days of Twitpic we had together.

Post photos and videos to Facebook

Hello Twitpic’ers! We’re excited to announce that you can now easily share your Twitpic photos not only to Twitter, but also to Facebook. You can link your Facebook account from either your account settings (http://twitpic.com/account/settings), or from the upload area directly by clicking the “Connect to Facebook” button.

When you post a photo from Twitpic to Facebook, it will appear in the Open Graph ticker at the top right of the Facebook website. Once you post multiple Twitpic images to Facebook, Facebook will also begin to aggregate them on your Facebook Timeline for easy browsing.

Since many of you use Twitpic from your mobile devices and with 3rd party applications, there is an option on the settings page that will allow you to always enable posting to Facebook regardless of where you upload your images and video. This also works when uploading using Twitpic email.

In the very near future, you will also have the option to post to Facebook from mobile only when the “#fb” hashtag is present in your tweet. Keep your eyes peeled for this announcement and feature launch.

 

Improved Video Posting

Hello Twitpic’ers! We’re excited to let you know that we’ve revamped video posting for Twitpic to be faster and more reliable.

We now support over a hundred video formats, covering 99.9% of all available video formats and the time from uploading your video to it posting to your Twitpic / Twitter account has been made dramatically faster.

You should see far fewer (if any) pages stuck on “Processing your video” or “An error occurred while processing your video” which we know was very annoying.

Thank you again for all your support as we continue to make Twitpic the best and easiest way to share your photos and videos!

#TwitpicOTM

All of us on the Twitpic team would like to say thank you.  Thank you for sharing your favorite faces, places, and memories with us.  We see everything from your latest sketches and newest additions to your family, to what you found in your fridge this morning.  You travel, you live, you love, and then, you share.

To have even more fun with your pictures, we are starting a Twitpic of the month contest (#TwitpicOTM).  Every month we will announce a “theme” and then, you submit your entries like so:

1.  Take your best shot (real time- must be shot and posted the same day)

2.  Upload the photo to Twitpic and tweet a clever caption (Twitpic uploads only)

3.  Don’t forget to mention #TwitpicOTM in your tweet to be eligible!

4.  Picture must agree with our Terms of Service

And Voila! You’re entered to win Twitpic of the Month.  If your picture is chosen at the end of the month, we will contact you and post your picture here on the Twitpic blog for all to see and enjoy.  We’ll also be sharing some of our favorites along the way.

Have ideas on themes and contests?  Tweet us your ideas @Twitpic and @TwitpicSupport

Hiring for our Customer Satisfaction team

We’re looking to add a new member to our customer satisfaction team. At Twitpic we strive to provide the best customer service possible to our users and to leave them with a positive experience that they would want to share with others.

Requirements

  • Excellent computer skills
  • Willingness to go above and beyond for our user’s satisfaction
  • Ability to communicate clearly in a timely manner while dealing with multiple tasks
  • Experience with Twitter, Facebook and online customer support systems
  • Knowledge of technical terminology used in web applications
  • Proactively seeking out and responding to customer issues and questions on Twitter

We value attitude over experience and experience over degrees.

We provide competitive salary, full health benefits and paid vacation, all wrapped up in a fun, agile, startup environment.

Send your resume to jobs@twitpic.com – Be sure to include “Customer Satisfaction” in the subject line of your email.

Applicant must be located in the US and a US citizen.

Hiring iOS / Android Developer

Twitpic is a fast growing startup with millions of users around the world and we are looking to grow our team. We value attitude over experience and experience over degrees.

What we’re looking for:

The ideal candidate is a seasoned iOS and/or Android developer with successful released apps. You’ve mastered the intricacies of Objective C, Cocoa Touch and/or Java with experience designing great user interfaces for iOS and/or Android platforms.

Qualifications

  • Comprehensive experience with iOS and/or Android development
  • Successful released apps in the app store (please include names)
  • Deep understanding of Objective C, and/or Java
  • 1+ years work experience as a software engineer
  • Understanding of scalability, systems engineering, and algorithms
  • Excellent product sense and design sense
  • Team player

Twitpic offers full-benefits and competitive salary all wrapped up in an agile startup environment.

Send your resume to jobs@twitpic.com with the Subject line of “iOS / Android Developer”

Telecommute positions are available, must be a US resident.

Hiring Software / System Engineers

If you spent 15 hours a day on the computer growing up like I did and drink enough caffeine to kill a horse, then this may interest you.

We are looking to add more Software/Systems Engineers because Twitpic is growing and it’s growing fast. Twitpic has over 14 million 20 million users now and is continuing at an astounding rate.

What we are looking for:

  • Experience with all aspects of the LAMP stack (aka PHP ninja)
  • Experience with different data stores (MySQL, Memcache, Cassandra, Redis)
  • Experience working on web platforms that receive millions of requests every day and scaling those platforms (including web serving, database optimization, & code optimization)
  • Working knowledge of MVC frameworks
  • Knowledge of standards compliant HTML/CSS/Javascript a plus
  • Self motivated, passionate & a team player
  • Able to manage your own tasks and workload
  • Someone who loves Twitter and its community

Responsibilities:

  • Maintain existing and engineer new functionality
  • Continually improve the performance and scalability of the Twitpic service
  • Monitor service stability and performance
  • Design, implement, and maintain PHP-based application and infrastructure components
  • Refactor and improve maintainability of the codebase
  • Rapidly fix bugs and solve problems
  • Provide user support when needed
  • Do @noaheverett‘s laundry…just kidding…but seriously

We are a fast growing agile company looking for the best of the best. We offer competitive salary, full benefits and paid vacation.

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Send your resume to jobs@twitpic.com. Telecommute positions are available, must be a US resident.

Be sure to include the title of this position “Software/Systems Engineer” in the subject.

Note: We look favorably on people who get creative with their applications.

Hiring an Advertising Manager

Twitpic is seeking an experienced Advertising Manager to develop, implement, and manage our advertising strategy, both from a business, sales and technical perspective with advertisers, agencies and networks. You will work on cutting edge monetization projects within our Ads and Commerce team. Dealing with advertising campaigns large and small.

If you’re an enthusiastic Twitter/Twitpic user with relevant sales/account management experience, analytical skills, and a passion for learning, who thrives at the intersection of business, technology, data, and marketing we invite you to talk to us about our advertising sales organization at Twitpic Inc.

This is a full-time salary position that could be worked remotely (US residents only).

Responsibilities

  • Manage all aspects of an ad server
  • Proactively seek ad sales as well as monitor current ad sales
  • Collaborating with advertisers to understand their objectives, recommending best practices, and developing effective campaigns
  • Executing, optimizing, and analyzing advertising programs using internal tools and dashboards
  • Resolving campaign issues in a timely and productive manner, and identifying and implementing process improvements
  • Managing contracts and renewals, and assisting our with payables and collections
  • Providing feedback to our product and tools teams to help us scale our advertising platform
  • Mentoring new team members as our organization grows
  • Other duties as needed may include: general office administration and customer support

Requirements

  • 2+ years of experience managing digital marketing programs for advertisers or their agencies
  • Demonstrated ability to create, develop, and enhance customer relationships
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, attention to detail, and a bias for proactively resolving issues
  • Aptitude, creativity, and a preference for working in small, collaborative teams with minimal supervision
  • A passion for Twitpic and our mission
  • Demonstrable experience in Ads or Commerce (managing large scale ad systems infrastructure, serving, targeting or e-commerce systems; digital goods/gaming systems a plus)
  • Good understanding of web technologies (HTML, Javascript, Flash, CSS)
  • Overall we need someone with a positive attitude, who is a great communicator, great leader and very, very proactive

How to Apply

Please email your resume to jobs@twitpic.com with a subject of “Advertising Manager”.

Add Photos to Events Automatically with Triggers

Today we launched a new feature to improve our Events system and to make it easier to organize your photos.  This new feature is called an “Event Trigger”.  Basically, it lets you specify a hash tag that, when present in a photo’s tweet, will place that photo in a certain Event.  This makes it very simple to organize your photos on the fly, and from your mobile phone, without having to manually go through all of your photos and add them to events later.

Event Triggers can be added for both new events and events you have already created.  Heres a quick guide for both cases:

Setting a Trigger for New Events

When creating an event, there is now a field below the Description named ‘Trigger’.

Screen shot 2010-07-06 at 2.29.30 PMThe trigger must be a valid Twitter hashtag.  This means it can only be comprised of letters, numbers and underscores.  No spaces, dashes, or other characters are allowed.  The form should only let you type in valid characters, but just in case, we will strip any invalid characters from the hashtag if they somehow make it into the form.

Now that you have an Event Trigger setup, all images uploaded to TwitPic with the hashtag #concert (as shown in the example above) will be automatically placed in the Concerts event.  This includes uploads from the website, 3rd party Twitter clients, and TwitPic Email.

Setting a Trigger for Existing Events

So lets say you already have some events created, but you want to add a Trigger for them.  To do so, navigate to the event page on TwitPic, and then click the small pencil icon on the right side by Event Info.  This will open the Event editor.  There is a new field below Description named ‘Trigger’.  Here, you can specify any valid Twitter hashtag to use as the Event Trigger, as shown below:

Screen shot 2010-07-06 at 2.37.18 PMAgain, the hashtag must be a valid Twitter hashtag so it can only contain letters, numbers and underscores.  After you have entered the Trigger, click Save.  Now any photo uploaded to TwitPic with the hashtag (in this case, #sunset) will be added to this event.

Final Notes

There are a few things that you should know when using Event Triggers:

  1. Only you can use your own Event Triggers.  In other words, everyone must specify their own triggers for their own events.
  2. Your event triggers must be unique among your own Events.  It’s ok if someone else uses the same trigger as you since this does not affect you, but you cannot use the same Trigger twice among your events.
  3. You can put as many Event Triggers in a tweet as you want.  The photo will be added to each Event whose Trigger is put in the tweet.
  4. Triggers are optional.  You do not have to specify a Trigger for every Event you create.

We hope everyone likes this new feature and finds it as useful as we think it will be!

Twitter Places with Photos

Today we officially announced a new feature for TwitPic that integrates some great location-aware features using Twitter’s new Places service.  For a long time, we have wanted to be able to put a location with a photo.  It adds meaning, and it is also a great tool for businesses to stay on top of things.  Since we are using Twitter Places, you can not only say that a photo was taken in “Charleston, SC”, but you can also say that the photo was taken at “Starbucks, 239 King St., Charleston, SC”, for instance.

Adding a location to photos is simple.  There are two ways you can do this:

Adding a Location to a New Photo

When you upload a photo using the TwitPic website (not a 3rd party Twitter app), there is a checkbox in the third step (Post Options) that says “Include location data”.  If this box is checked, this means that you want to specify where this photo was taken.

One thing that is important to note is that we rely on your camera’s ability to store the coordinates of where the photo was taken in order to provide you with better location services.  Almost all moderately new cell phones have this ability, and some high end digital cameras do as well.  If there is no location data stored with your photo, you will not be presented with a page to choose the photo’s location.  If you would still like to choose a location for the photo despite this, you can follow the instructions in the next section.

So once you click the Upload button on the upload page, and if your photo has location data, you will see the new Places page as shown below (click to enlarge):

Screen shot 2010-06-24 at 6.15.07 PM

From here, you can save where the photo was actually taken.  You will see nearby options listed based on where the photo was taken, although if the correct location is not shown, you can search for it, as shown below (click to enlarge):

Screen shot 2010-06-24 at 6.18.46 PM

To select a location, click on it in the list, and it will become highlighted in a pretty blue.  Click the “Save with Location” button at the bottom and voila!  It is important that you click either “Save with Location” or “Save without Location”, or else the tweet with your photo will not be sent to Twitter.

If your photo was not taken at any particular location, but you would still like to show where it was taken on the photo page, you have the option to “Use Exact Coordinates”.  This will show a pinpoint on the map showing exactly where the photo was taken.  Normally, if you choose a Place for the photo, it will show that place instead of the photo’s exact coordinates.

Adding a Location to an Existing Photo

If you would like to go back through your already uploaded photos and assign locations to them as well, then you can do that too!  Simply navigate to the photo you would like to set a location for, and click the link “add/edit location” to the right of the photo.  You will be presented with a page very similar to the one shown above.

If your photo does not have location data stored with it, you will have to search for the place manually.  In the search box, type in the name of the location and be as descriptive as possible.  We are working on refining this search, but for now it may take a few tries to find the right location.  We will also add the ability to choose an exact location by clicking on the map in the future.

Once you have chosen a location, click the “Save with Location” button.  Clicking “Delete Location” will remove the location currently saved with the photo.

Some Final Words

Twitter Places is a very important milestone in our development, but keep in mind that it is an extremely new feature.  Twitter is constantly working to improve the feature, just as we are working to improve our implementation of the feature.  If the location you are searching for is not found, chances are it will be added in the near future as Twitter expands the feature.

We hope you like the new feature, and let us know what you think!