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June 1, 2011

Twitter To Launch "Photo Sharing Service"


This Infographic via TheNextWeb Shows the  marketshare of Twitter Third party Apps. Twitter wants users to use Twitter Native App as compared to third Party Apps

It seems Twitter 's Ambition  to be the " Next Google" is  slowly taking wings. After acquiring"Tweetdeck" Twitter is said to have " been working on a  Integrated Photo Sharing service to take on the likes of Twitpic ,Twitpic, Yfrog, Instagram and Flickr.According to TechCrunch Twitter could announce the service as early as this week. As a result, all eyes are now turning to Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, who is set to speak tomorrow at the D9 conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

The Twitter photo-sharing service is all but certainly expected to become the company’s latest branded application. Reports suggests that  Apple is baking Twitter into the operating system to help users post photos they've taken on their iOS devices directly to the service. The feature is said to be integrated into the camera and photo roll to let users share pictures to Twitter just like they would a video to YouTube, Vimeo, or one of the other video-hosting sites Apple includes.

It is also reported that  Apple’s new iOS 5 will come with an option to send images directly to Twitter, just like you can send images to email or videos to youtube. This would be a game changer  for Twitter  users who own Smartdevices. Signs that the company was close to that goal appeared in an early prototype device that surfaced late last month sporting what appeared to be an unreleased version of the iOS 4 software. It included an option to integrate the phone with a Facebook account, presumably to connect contact information.

PCWorld reports that  its not very clear if  the new Twitter sharing application will service similarly to existing third-party applications.But even if Twitter doesn't reinvent the wheel, the advent of native photo-sharing functionality could go a long way toward normalizing image sharing across the platform.

Despite the fact that Twitter claims 90 percent of users presently access the micro blogging platform via the company’s official applications, social media analytics firm Sysomos recently discovered that (based on its findings), 42% of tweets actually originate from applications made by independent developers.