When you’re the creator of a successful photo-sharing service, it’s always a good idea to use your own product. Or, at least, it’s usually a good idea. So you can understand why eyebrows raised early this morning when TwitPic founder Noah Everett posted a picture taken from a particularly vulnerable position.
“Getting arrested…in the back of a cop car now,” Everett tweeted, at about 2AM (EST), to his 2.8 million Twitter followers. This message was followed by, “Proof,” along with a link to a TwitPic photo of, yes, the inside of a police cruiser.
At this time, nobody knew why exactly Everett had been arrested. Fortunately, the tech entrepreneur cleared that right up.
“…I guess you can’t walk down your own street half naked…who knew – I got a free ride home by the nice police officer,” Everett posted to Twitter about an hour after his “getting arrested” tweet. Then: “…by half naked, I mean naked.”
Somehow, even something as random and innocuous as a little early morning stroll in the nude evoked the inner conspiracy theorist in a number of Everett’s followers.
Many TwitPic commenters wondered why Everett was allowed to still have his phone if he was under arrest, or at least how he could have pulled off taking such a photo while wearing handcuffs.
“I love those really stretch handcuffs that allow you to tweet and snap photos while in custody,” quipped one commenter on Everett’s arrest photo.
Since Everett was simply taken home after being picked up by the cops, it’s unlikely that he faces any charges for his birthday suit shenanigans.
TwitPic was first launched by Everett in 2008, and is currently ranked the 97th most popular website in the world by Alexa. Everett said in an interview with Mixenergy last year that he was offered an amount “much higher” than $10 million for TwitPic. He declined.