Twitpic Overreacts To Competitor's Tool That Helps Export Data

from the welcome-to-the-web,-twitpic dept

We were just discussing the Facebook/ mess, involving the question of whether or not a user can choose someone else's tool to access the data that they, themselves, put on another site, and it appears we may have another such case to look at. Twitpic, an online service for easily posting pictures to Twitter, is apparently quite upset that Posterous, an online blogging platform, has set up an automated system to export your own photos from TwitPic to Posterous. As soon as the exporter was announced, Twitpic not only blocked Posterous's tool, but got the lawyers involved. As the Posterous folks note, it's not clear how any of this actually breaks the law. Setting it up so users can access their own photos is a perfectly reasonable thing to do. In fact, for many user-generated content sites these days, offering export functionality is considered good manners. Going so far as to threaten legal action against 3rd party exporters is going too far.
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Filed Under: competition, data, exports
Companies: posterous, twitpic

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    fairuse (profile), 1 Jul 2010 @ 7:30pm

    Re: Oh, that darn export thingy

    Indeed. But only in twitpic's eye. Also the compete angle is overblown. twitpic is not a blog in the sense Posterous is. I store pictures then post to twitter is its function. Posterous is a timeline blog with pictures. Who is stepping on who's feet. I speak from not having Posterous /user/account.

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