The Pros and Cons of Twitter's Foray Into Photo-Sharing

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Twitter is expected to announce the development of an in-house photo-sharing service at this week's D9 conference in California, which has the tech blogs arguing whether or not this is a good idea. If the skeptics had their way, Twitter would just acquire Twitpic, Yfrog or another existing service. But others are supporting the decision to keep things within the company. The Atlantic Wire's John Hudson has summarized a bit of what they're saying:

It will create an easier user experience "Twitter users like to type status updates, but they also like to share photos,"writes E.B. Boyd at Fast Company. "If it's too hard for many of them to figure out how to use a Twitpic or yfrog--or even to realize that they exist--then it makes perfect sense for Twitter to do what it needs to do to improve that experience. And that just might mean bringing those features in-house."

It will be a moneymaker The Guardian's Charles Arthur predicts that the service "will be monetised by including advertisements as Twitter tries to move to a more commercial model." Liz Gannes at All Things D adds that "companies like Twitpic and ImageShack, which operates Yfrog, bring in millions of dollars of revenue by selling advertising on the image pages that are distributed widely by those tweeted links."

Read the full story at The Atlantic Wire.

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