Getting Photos Onto Twitter.com
Just Got Easier
While twitter management clients such as (my favorite) Hootsuite have supported a photo uploads for a long time, its been one of the many missing pieces of twitter.com.
However, it was a gap that supported a thriving ecosystem of niche photo tools such as the well known twitpic.
Twitter has a history of blindsiding (rudely) the companies that have grown up around it and have helped it become a thriving platform and that’s exactly what happened to TwitPic when Twitter.com announced their new photo upload tools (which connect to Photobucket).
The new tool is relatively lightweight and slick. Nothing over or underdone. Enough to get the job done. I still however personally will not be giving up the total ease of drag-and-drop uploading from my computer to the owly image server (Hootsuite) that is so convenient I use it for sharing images all over the web when I need a quick link.
You can delete an image by deleting the Tweet containing this image.
Unfortunately, as you can see below, the new tool forces you to be logged in to view the image, putting it at what I consider to be a significant disadvantage over both twitpic and the hootsuite photo uploader.
You can learn more about the new twitter photo upload tools at the twitter help doc: here.
All in all it builds out the twitter.com interface with more tools leading to less need for the AVERAGE user to venture into a twitter management client… but changes nothing for the power user or social market.
Do you take advantage of the power of online images on social platforms? Have you uploaded photos to twitter lately? What’s your preferred photo tool? Do you use twitter.com or a management client? What do you think about twitters continued push to take the former lightweight site into a feature rich site? What are your thoughts on TwitPic’s rebuttle to this assault by creating their own twitter competitor Heello?
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PS: It’s not rolled out across the board yet but the @Mention tab appears to be becoming @Username and an Activity tab is being added which will give more details on those we follow (though appears to be a variant of the detail pane in some ways).