From now onwards, 9 August will be known as the dark day for all the third-party Twitter photo sharing services such as TwitPic and yfrog. Twitter has itself released an official photo sharing service named Twitter images with the help of Photobucket as its hosting partner. Now, no third-party will be required to share photos on Twitter.

Photobucket plays an important role in this new photo sharing service of Twitter, as it will be Photobucket that will host the photos to be uploaded on Twitter. The uploaded photos will appear as a pic.twitter link and image to the followers of your tweets. Those who are not your followers, it will appear as a “click to display media” message. If your Twitter account is protected, other users will not be able to view the images.

Statistics revealed by the photo search engine Skylines show that Twitter has reached on top with 36.1% share in the photo sharing service. TwitPic and yfrog account for 30% and 21.1%, respectively. The remaining 12.5% goes to Instagram. Whereas five months down the lane, TwitPic used to enjoy 45.7% share and yfrog 29.3% share in the photo sharing services.

Things started getting worse in the month of March when Twitter announced that no third-party would be allowed to promote the photo sharing service, and it would start its own photo sharing service.

But, things were totally different when Twitter released its Twitter Galleries, which allowed users to view all the tweeted photos including those from third-parties. After a long time, you can now easily share and view photos directly via Twitter.

Till date, the overall lead for Twitter comes from its Twitter for iPhone client, accounting 42% share to its photo service and 21% of all photos shared on Twitter.

TwitPic still remains popular among the users of Android-based devices, which account for 39% of photo shares and yfrog leads on BlackBerry devices with 47% of photo shares.

If TwitPic and yfrog want to regain their lost positions, they have to start again with some more innovative ideas to attract the more users.

For more details, you can go through this video:

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