Twitter launches its own photo posting tool
Twitter has launched a new camera button which allows its users to post a photo within the body of a tweet, without needing to use a third party photo-sharing site.
The site began rolling out the new tool last night, which allows users to post a photo within the body of a tweet by clicking on the small camera icon below the tweet box.
The icon then takes users through to their files so they can browse them and upload the photo of their choice. All photos are being hosted by a third-party company called Photobucket.
On Twitter’s help centre blog, the service reassured users that they could continue to share photos using third party photo-sharing services, which has been the norm until now, such as Twitpic or yFrog.
However, the development will come as a worry to Twitter’s eco-system of third party developers, as the addition is the latest in a growing number of tools the company has added to its core service – which were previously only provided by other companies.
The first major example of this came when Twitter launched its own mobile app, making it tough for third party apps such as Echofon to compete. It then added location-sharing capabilities as part of Twitter updates, making it harder for location-sharing services, such as Foursquare, to become the tool of choice for tweeters wishing to share their whereabouts.
Dick Costolo, Twitter’ chief executive, announced the new photo-sharing service earlier this year at an American technology conference.
He said that the service will “remove the friction from adding photos to tweets".
Only certain users will have the new camera icon, as the roll out of the new tool is gradual. Plus it has only come to the web version of Twitter to date. The date of the update to the mobile app is unknown.
For users concerned about the privacy of their photos, Twitter has said it will remove all EXIF (exchangeable image file) data from all photos uploaded, which is the meta data that appears on every photo taken by a digital camera, (such as the date and time of the photo). However, all photos posted on Twitter are not private, and even when a tweet is a deleted, could be cached in some browsers and servers.
The site has also announced that in due course will compile galleries of all users’ photos shared on the service via the Twitter camera button.