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Twitter Debuts New Photo Sharing Integration and Improved Search Ahead of iOS 5 Introduction


Twitter today announced the debut of two new features: photo integration and improved search capabilities.

On the photo front, Twitter has partnered with Photobucket to allow users to attach photos directly to their Tweets rather than having to rely on third-party image-hosting services. The capabilities will be rolling out over the next several weeks to twitter.com and the company's official apps, and the company is working with mobile carriers to allow photos to be sent via MMS.

Over the next several weeks, we'll be releasing a feature to upload a photo and attach it to your Tweet right from Twitter.com. And of course, you'll soon be able to easily do this from all of our official mobile apps. A special thanks to our partner Photobucket for hosting these photos behind the scenes.
Twitter's improved search capabilities will bring increased relevance for results and also include related photos and videos directly on the results page. Twitter has also partnered with Firefox to integrate hashtag and username searching directly into the browser's address bar.

Twitter's new features are interesting given rumors that iOS 5 will include substantial integration with Twitter, specifically including the new photo sharing service. While Twitter obviously has made no announcements regarding such capabilities, we may hear more in just a few days as Apple previews iOS 5 at its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.



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105 months ago
I hope there's a lot more to iOS 5 than Twitter sharing. :rolleyes:
Rating: 11 Votes
105 months ago

Meh, Im not a big twitter user nore do I care about it that much. its not a big deal y is twitter and apple blowing it up like its a huge thing? twitter sucks


Twitter is sort of a big deal. Are you the same type of person who said "Well, this Facebook thing will never take off"
Rating: 8 Votes
105 months ago
Ugh, Photobucket...
Rating: 5 Votes
105 months ago
I still dont get the whole twitter thing. At least with FB, you can get and give comments back.. Twitter seems to be so "me" focused. Great for celebs and such.. but do I really care about the 20+ tweets one of my friends puts out every day?

"Jeff is gearing up for the weekend"

#whogivesash*t
Rating: 4 Votes
105 months ago

Twitter - the tool of narcissists.

We Americans are in trouble - no new technology to get us out of the hole, just twitter and facebook to amuse the plebs.

How about a shared app that helps solve some scientific lines of inquiry? Guess not.

rant off.


Wrong. Twitter is just one of the tool narcissists use, another is Facebook.


I still dont get the whole twitter thing. At least with FB, you can get and give comments back.. Twitter seems to be so "me" focused. Great for celebs and such.. but do I really care about the 20+ tweets one of my friends puts out every day?

"Jeff is gearing up for the weekend"

#whogivesash*t


Wrong.
Twitter and Facebook are as bad as the way it is being used.

I get more education and information about a large variety of topics on Twitter daily, than one can get anywhere else.

Don't paint everyone with the same brush. The tweens who use Twitter to talk to celebs and ask "should i go outside today or not?" are the same as the friends you have on Facebook who ask the same stupid questions on their status updates.
Best thing is, if you're not following your 'friends' then you won't see the nonsense. If you just want to send them a message once all you have to type is "@theirusername".

For me, i only have my close friends and family on Twitter. Which are very few people. I'm mainly following organizations, companies, developers, educational institutions etc.

The potential of Twitter is amazing, but it all depends on how you use it.

For example, i have my local transit company on Twitter, and it posts information whenever there is a delay or a shut down. I get that in real time, so i know that there is a delay in a certain station or it's closed for an emergency 45seconds after it was reported. Thus I can map out alternative routes, or the transit informs me about shuttle busses that i can use to bypass the place. All in a matter on minutes, instead of me going to the station to see that I'm going to be running late for work, thus saving me a lot of time.
That's just one of the many ways Twitter works. Again, its not for everyone, but it's certainly not justice to paint everyone who uses it with the same brush.

So yes, it can be used as an app that helps solve some scientific lines of inquiry.
Rating: 4 Votes
105 months ago

What's wrong with Photobucket? Always worked lovely and quick for me, and iOS app works easy and quick also. what's the problem?


Photobucket is slow and their web/desktop interface is annoying. Too many steps just to be able to view the original picture. My desktop is 1280x1024, yet they display a near-thumbnail-sized image by default.
Rating: 3 Votes
105 months ago
Anything Twitter related will never be a sell for me. I cannot get on that bandwagon, as much as I feel like I should.
Rating: 3 Votes
105 months ago
Twitter - the tool of narcissists.

We Americans are in trouble - no new technology to get us out of the hole, just twitter and facebook to amuse the plebs.

How about a shared app that helps solve some scientific lines of inquiry? Guess not.

rant off.
Rating: 3 Votes
105 months ago

I still dont get the whole twitter thing. At least with FB, you can get and give comments back.. Twitter seems to be so "me" focused. Great for celebs and such.. but do I really care about the 20+ tweets one of my friends puts out every day?

"Jeff is gearing up for the weekend"

#whogivesash*t



Yeah, you weren't using Twitter correctly. It has MUCH more to offer.

Oh well...
Rating: 3 Votes
105 months ago
I too didn't understand the whole twitter thing. I gave it a go anyway and I'm slowly seeing the power it has. Everything is updated so constantly, we recently had a freak tornado and it was through twitter that we got reports on how many hurt, where damage was, pictures, links to 360 panoramic views of damaged areas all within a few minutes of the incident. The news agencies could only dream of being that quick to break a story.
Rating: 2 Votes

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