Should you post photos to Twitter via its new photo-uploading tool, or through a third-party photo-sharing service such as yFrog, TwitPic or Instagram, your photos will soon be featured on your Twitter profile in an image gallery.
Twitter is rolling out user galleries, as the feature is called, to members beginning Monday. Galleries will automatically display the 100 most recent images the user has shared by way of Twitter — dating back to January 1, 2010 — from supported photo-sharing services.
Galleries will live on a user’s profile and highlight a few recent images. A visitor can click the “view all” button to see even more images in either a grid view showing image thumbnails or a detail view highlighting the most recent image and the text of the tweet that was shared along with it.
The update ties into Twitter’s photo-sharing push and will dramatically change the appearance of Twitter profiles. Galleries will provide equal billing to images shared via third-party app makers, but also serve to remind users that Twitter is no longer a place just for 140 characters — it’s for photos too. The update is likely designed to entice Twitter users to add more photos to their tweets.
Galleries, at launch, will be image-only. Twitter Communications Manager Carolyn Penner said in a tweet that users can expect to see the update Monday. “We’re rolling out one of my fave features today: user galleries! View photos an account has shared on Twitter. Sit tight – it’s coming soon,” she tweeted.
I am eagerly waiting for this.
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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.