Today, Twitter launched its integrated photo sharing service to the masses. The next time you log in (which you probably have already done) you’ll be greeted with a message announcing the feature, and then you can start using it. The feature is powered by Photobucket.
To add an image to your tweet, you just click on the text field as you normally would – You will then be presented with a small camera icon underneath the text field, right beside the location icon. Click on the camera icon and choose the image (3MB or smaller in file size) you want to attach, compose your tweet and send. It’s pretty simple.
Images show as shortened links that begin with “pics.twitter.com”. When you click on the tweet the image will appear as a thumbnail in the sidebar, as they already did with the 3rd party Twitter image services. When the image link itself is clicked, a new Twitter tab opens with the image along with the tweet. Multiple images per tweet, as most third-party services allow, is not supported at this time – and it also doesn’t support video, although Twitter has hinted at that feature being in the works.
Even though this new service is powered by Photobucket, I’m not sure where the images are stored - as far as being able to view, delete, etc.. After testing it out a bit, the images that I attached never appeared in any of my Photobucket albums. Twitter will be, however, rolling out a gallery feature at some point. They state:
“In the coming weeks, we’ll add user media galleries, which will let you see the images a user has shared on Twitter,”
The gallery feature, when introduced, will include photos shared by users on the site that were uploaded to third-party services such as Twitpic, yfrog and Instagram.
So what do you think? Will you use the new feature or will you stick with one of the third-party solutions?
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