Twitter will announce a new photo-sharing service this week at the D9 conference in California, report TechCrunch and All Things D. The news was met with broad support in the tech press, and a shred of skepticism over whether the company should acquire a current photo-sharing service, such as Yfrog or Twitpic, instead of building one in-house. There were also concerns about the move alienating Twitter's third-party developers. Here's what's buzzing on the tech blogs this morning.
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."