Twitter: No third-party image services please

Twitter’s removing third-party image services from its official apps

With all of Twitter’s rules, display guidelines and API changes over the last few months, it’s quite clear that Twitter now wants to be in complete control of its service. So much so that it is removing third-party image services like TwitPic and yFrog from its official apps.

In August Twitter published upcoming changes to its API, the method by which third-party clients “plugin” or communicate with Twitter. The new API version, version 1.1, reduced rate limits for third-party clients and placed limits on the number of users client applications could support – which can only result in the eventually smothering of these clients over time.

Today’s news, which hasn’t yet been confirmed by Twitter, is just another step in Twitter’s grasp for control. The official Twitter apps currently allow images attached to tweets to be uploaded to six different third-party image services; yFrog, TwitPic, Mobypicture, Twitgoo, Posterous (which Twitter owns) and img.ly.

The option to upload images to these services will likely be removed in a forthcoming update, forcing direct image uploads on Twitter’s apps to use its own image service – first introduced in June 2011.

The largest of the six third-party image services currently supported by Twitter is TwitPic. Its founder Noah Everett understands Twitter’s reasoning but wishes it were different,

“They’re trying to control those eyeballs on their apps, they’re an ad-based company, they make money that way.”

Since only 23% of tweets originate from third-party clients, the user base for these image services will be severely limited overnight.

Twitter’s official apps also include video service options yFrog, TwitVid, Mobypicture, Posterous, and Vodpod, but since there’s no official solution provided by Twitter regarding video, these should be safe for now.

Source: BuzzFeed

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Discussion

7 Responses to Twitter’s removing third-party image services from its official apps

  1. miralize says:

    @darrenmccarra It’s *still* happening. Not surprised, Twitter is going to be a closed network, whether the users want it to be or not.

    • darrenmccarra says:

      @miralize It’s getting rid of all the external features and community influence that made Twitter so great

  2. sherylshusband says:

    @patphelan eventually Twitter will block Twitter as it slowly shuts the ecosystem down to being utterly useless. Downhill slide

  3. darrenmccarra says:

    @patphelan Odd move. It already displays media from all these services on http://t.co/lJWhDODs or in its apps without diverting traffic away

  4. webtwozero says:

    @patphelan Twitter is starting to tighten the chains. Very silly move I think.

  5. leebenecke says:

    @OnlineFantastic @2cre8 @patphelan @thesociable @planetshark I see why tw are making these moves but cutting Instagram would be a bad idea

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