Twitter officially announced at the D9 conference in California and in a post on the Twitter blog, the company said it will be rolling out the new service over the next few weeks. The feature will enable people to use the official Twitter client, as opposed to third-party clients such as TwitPic and yfrog, to post photos. The company also announced that it is overhauling its search system.
The new photo service is the result of a deal with picture hosting website Photobucket. The service will shortly be available to users of Twitter’s mobile apps, and the company said it is working with mobile carriers around the world to make it possible for pictures to also be sent by text message (MMS).
Twitter spokesperson Jodi Olsen, the micro-blogging service will continue to support the likes of third-party services such as TwitPic and yfrog, though their continued success will now depend on the loyalty of users.
As for the new search system, Twitter claims it will deliver more relevant Tweets when you search for something or click on a trending topic and show you related photos and videos, right there on the results page.
Twitter brings the most meaningful information in the world right to your pocket. And, it’s never been easier to get a sense of what’s happening right now, anywhere in the world, or to share what’s happening in your world. Twitter search now delivers more relevant search results, alongside related photos and videos. And, you will soon be able to upload a photo and attach it to your Tweet directly from http://twitter.com.
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