Twitter is reportedly a short time away from launching its own photo sharing service, according to a report from TechCrunch. An official Twitter photo sharing service will go a long way in helping Twitter gain even more control over its product. This move can also discourage other companies from developing their own photo services.
Whenever you upload a photo to Twitter, there’s a good chance you use a service such as Twitpic, TweetPhoto or yfrog. If Twitter creates a way for its users to upload photos, chances are it will become the default photo option for official Twitter applications. Other than confirmation from sources that such a service exists, TechCrunch wasn’t able to gather any more information on Twitter’s latest move.
We can definitely see something like this happening after considering Twitter’s recent stance on third-party Twitter applications and permissions. Twitter told developers to stop making new Twitter applications because it claims users could become confused about Twitter’s core experience. Twitter also recently required users to go through a permissions page if they want to allow a third-party web application to access their account.
Let’s also not forget the $40 million Twitter just spent on TweetDeck. At this point, it looks like if Twitter can’t buy the competition, they’ll just run it out of town.