Twitter takes control of picture posting, revises search
June 2, 2011
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Twitter has been busy recently taking more control over the ecosystem in a complete turnaround from where they were when they started up. The original idea behind Twitter was a very lean 140 character microblogging system working on mobile phones and then onto the web. A developer API was developed and a good many developers jumped on the bandwagon to create Twitter desktop clients and then onto third party supporting services to provide links, pictures, videos etc..
All this began to change last month when Twitter proclaimed that there were now enough Twitter clients and they would not open the firehose to any new ones. In mid May they ended the rumour mill and ended up purchasing Tweetdeck (though this is most likely a defensive buy to stop Ubermedia from owning a majority of twitter traffic). At the All Things D conference this week Twitter went on to announce that they are releasing a feature to allow users to upload a photo and attach it to your Tweet right from Twitter.com.
All the mobile apps will be updated to incorporate this new feature soon. Behind the scenes a partnership has been setup with Photobucket to host these photos behind the scenes. When asked who would own the copyright to these photos, was it Twitter or Photobucket? Twitter CEO Dick Costolo replied that it was the user who owned the copyright which might calm the storm of controversy that TwitPic stirred up last month. Twitter is getting around the potential picture re-use issue by watermarking the images with a Photobucket logo.
In related Twitter news from All Things D, the company announced a completely new version of Twitter search as of Wednesday this week (1st June)
Today we’re starting to roll out a completely new version of Twitter search. Not only will it deliver more relevant Tweets when you search for something or click on a trending topic, but it will also show you related photos and videos, right there on the results page. It’s never been easier to get a sense of what’s happening right now, wherever your curiosity takes you.
And if you use this new version of Firefox with Twitter, you can type a #hashtag or @username directly into the address bar to go right to a search results page (try #idol) or someone’s profile page (like @nba). Simple.