Twitpic Founder Launches Twitter Clone.


Revenge is a dish best served cloned. Twitpic founder Noah Everett has unveiled Heello, his feature-for-feature copy of Twitter. The move comes just a day after Twitter completed the rollout of its photo-sharing service — a direct competitor to Twitpic.

Heello looks and acts like Twitter in almost every way. Instead of tweeting, users send “pings” to their followers. Instead of retweeting, users “echo” other posts. And instead of following, friends “listen” to their friends. The only real difference is that updates appear in a user’s stream in real-time, which is quite annoying if you want to click on something in a friend’s tweet.

And if that weren’t enough, Heello boasts Twitter and Facebook integration, so your Heello posts can still go to your other social networks. It also includes a real-time feed of all public activity, which currently contains a number of fake accounts claiming to be CNN, Tumblr and Mark Zuckerberg.

The clone seems more of a publicity stunt than a real business. Twitter blindsided Everett when it launched a feature that was directly competitive to his company, and this may be payback. Nevertheless, Everett told VentureBeat that Heello will soon support video, checkins, SMS integration, mobile apps and a “Channels” feature that works much like Twitter Lists.

Much as we love new social media services, we’re not sure what to make of Heello. If Everett was looking for some attention, well, mission accomplished. But his service will have a tough time gaining traction against Twitter, and its 200 million registered users, without any truly innovative features.

Then again, if there’s one skill entrepreneurs have, it’s the ability to charge ahead with blind optimism, even when the numbers are against you.

Twitter To Officialize Photo-sharing Service : (via Mobile Gameroids)


I am eagerly waiting for this.

Twitter To Officialize Photo-sharing Service :   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 ac … Read More

via Mobile Gameroids 

Twitter To Officialize Photo-sharing Service :


 

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.

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