TweetPhoto, a competitor of TwitPic and a company that encourages you to share pictures over Twitter has raised $2.6 million in Series A. The lead investor was Canaan Partners. Additional investment was provided by Anthem Venture Partners, Qualcomm, Tim Kelly, Frank Asaro, Shane Brisbane, and Jack Corrao.
TweetPhoto is a company that competes with TwitPic. The developers of TweetPhoto were waiting to get approved on the Apple App Store for about 4 weeks before they were rejected. The reason why they were rejected is quite bizarre. Apparently TweetPhoto’s logo has an icon that resembles a snapshot taken from those old school Polaroid cameras.
While I think this was a lame reason to get rejected, it does not surprise me. This story reminds me of when PocketGod was rejected for using an icon that resembled an iPhone.
“We’ve reviewed TweetPhoto and determined that we cannot post your application because it appears to include features that resemble Polaroid photographs. Polaroid has previously objected to other applications that include features that resemble Polaroid photographs, and believes that such features infringe its rights,” wrote Apple in a message to TweetPhoto.
TweetPhoto pointed out that an application called Polarize actually uses a Polaroid photo as their icon. Polarize even gives photos taken on the iPhone a “Polaroid look.”
Its possible that Polarize slipped through the cracks and TweetPhoto was reviewed by someone that is uptight. I believe Apple should reconsider rejecting TweetPhoto.