Twitter users could soon be using a smoother photo-sharing service as the company plans to announce its intentions on such a service this week at the D9 conference in California, according to several sources, including TechCrunch, which broke the story.
Currently, all photos that are posted on a user’s twitter account are hosted by popular sites such as Twitpic, Yfrog, Instagram and Flickr, which are accessible through links within tweets that fetch the images and display them inline.
Twitter explicitly told third-party developers to stop making clients last year, and that their apps would be required to use a more unwieldy process for authenticating user accounts after the company launches its official apps. After which Twitter acquired Tweetdeck, a British Twitter client designed for power users of the service, for $40 million.
Third-party developers who have already built prosperous Twitter-related businesses are seeing their territories being invaded by Twitter, reports the Telegraph.
Advertising sales on image pages that are widely distributed by tweeted links created by companies such as Twitpic and ImageShack bring in millions of dollars in revenue. ImageShack alone has been able to raise more than $10 million in funding from backers that include Sequoia Capital, Index Ventures and Felicis Ventures, reports All Things D.
As Twitter continues to grow, the company’s simple core service has been expanded by its users who have added features such as replies, retweets of interesting comments and hashtags for collating tweets about specific events, which were all later officially adopted by the company, reports the Telegraph.
In order for the company to provide a consistent and accessible user experience on various platforms, which it has always tried to maintain, Twitter will soon incorporate its own photo-sharing services.