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Twitter blinesides Twitpic with new photo launch
Well, today Twitter has finally launched the overly discussed Twitter photosharing service. Now, we had been told they had informed other companies like yfrog and Plixi/Lockerz/Tweetphoto about the upcoming feature far in advanced. The one service they did notify? Twitpic. This has obviously annoyed Twitpic
We understand that Twitter owns and controls the platform, but a clearer roadmap from them and better communication would have been appreciated by us and all the developers
States Twitpic CEO Noah Everette says. He then goes on to say:
We’ve always had Twitter’s best interest in mind with building and running Twitpic, we would have hoped the same from Twitter, at least in the form of better communication
This is a similar complaint many developers have had with Twitter over the last year as the continue to “fill in” their product. It had seemed like Twitter had learned however as they talked to yfrog in advanced but it turns out that may have been more for deals than to actually warn them.
“Twitpic will continue to run just as we always have. The brand we’ve built is strong” is what Twitpic has to say about their future. But we don’t believe thats exactly true because they can hang around for a while but people will slowly shift over to using Twitter to host their photos, its just easier that way.
To be fair Twitter did kind of hint they might launch something somewhat like this back at Chirp last year…
Q: Is Twitter going to host rich media (images/video/etc)?
Ev Williams: The honest answer is we haven’t made a decision. We love that we don’t have to host media. But we also think there are user experience issues with it. Photos are a fundamental way people share information. They fit in twitter very well. Lots of people have provided that functionality. We think it’s great, we’re looking at how to make it easier.
Ryan Sarver: We’ve been working on a spec that would allow any media provider to send through an API.
Ev Williams: We’re going to make it easier to both share and view pics in our interface. We can’t guarantee that we won’t host media if it’s needed. Not in immediate plans this quarter.
Also yfrog, Lockerz, and Mobypicture, the 3 big photo sharing sites on Twitter if you take out Twitpic all allow photo sharing to other services, besides Twitter, so maybe Twitter thought they could just remove their Twitter service were as Twitpic is base only on Twitter so it should shut down.