iOS 5 to Include Twitter Integration? [Updated]

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TechCrunch reports that Apple will be integrating Twitter photo sharing directly into iOS 5:

We've heard from multiple sources that Twitter is likely to have a big-time partner for such a service: Apple. Specifically, we're hearing that Apple's new iOS 5 will come with an option to share images to Twitter baked into the OS. This would be similar to the way you can currently share videos on YouTube with one click in iOS. Obviously, a user would have to enable this feature by logging in with their Twitter credentials in iOS. There would then be a "Send to Twitter" option for pictures stored on your device.

Twitter is said to be offering their own photo-sharing service in the near future. Apple will be detailing iOS 5 during WWDC next week.

DaringFireball's John Gruber adds some comments suggesting that Twitter integration is indeed in iOS 5 and that there is more to it than just photo integration:

So close to the bigger story, but yet so far. Imagine what else the system could provide if your Twitter account was a system-level service.

Top Rated Comments

beatzfreak Avatar
145 months ago
Apple needs to integrate a better photo app where we can actually organize photos, first.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
johneaston Avatar
145 months ago
Am I the only one who simply couldn't give a toss about Twitter?
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
crisss1205 Avatar
145 months ago
I think that instead of baking it directly into iOS they should make an API where you can register your service with the phone, just like you can with QuickLook now, and have the photos app pull that up as an option. It could be the same exact implementation as "Open In" that you see with PDFs and other docs but make it a "Share With" button.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Reach9 Avatar
145 months ago
Twitter and Facebook are only as bad as you use them to be.
It's how you use Twitter which matters.

I use Twitter to speak with developers, news anchors, news stations. I don't interact with them because I like them or anything.
I use it to be informed about a huge variety of topics, daily. I use it to share news with close friends and family. The potential is amazing, don't be blinded by the tweens who speak with celebs or tweet about how they just woke up from sleep and don't know if they should brush their teeth or not.

Twitter is a very valuable resource for education and information, if you're following the right people or organizations on Twitter.
I learned about this news post because i'm follow MacRumors on twitter! Otherwise i wouldn't have visited this site until WWDC.

Mind you, i'm barely on Facebook anyway.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bmburton13 Avatar
145 months ago
How about in addition to "Send to Twitter", why not include "Send to Facebook" or even go as far as "Send To All" and in the settings you can assign the different Social mediums to "Send it All"

Just a thought:)
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Small White Car Avatar
145 months ago
Funny, I am the complete opposite. Most of the pro's (in my field) I follow just have auto-updating spambots posting constant updates. That and every time I get @ replies from someone "famous" I just end up with 20 more spam tweets I have to manually block.

Facebook on the other hand allows me to keep regular contact with friends, family and colleagues all over the globe.

I'm the opposite because I find Facebook useless since you need to "friend" people you already know before you can really do anything with them.

Twitter, on the other hand, is useful constantly. I was going to an attraction on Sunday that I knew would be busy. (And was an hour drive away.) I searched and found someone on Twitter who had tweeted about being in the line. I asked him how long it was and he told me "about 30 minutes."

So I felt safe that it wouldn't be a super-long line and I decided to go.

Google can't tell me that. My aunt on Facebook can't tell me that. E-Mail can't do that.

Twitter is an incredibly useful tool for learning real-time information that no one else has. How people can dislike that sort of utility really does confuse me.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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