Twitter is all set to make a significant move on the mobile front, competing heads-on with its rivals – Instagram and Facebook. Shortly after a billion-dollar acquisition of the infamous Instagrams photo-sharing app by Facebook, Twitter is also planning to add an in-app photo filter that will give its users the freedom to click pictures and share them instantly over the microblogging website. The mobile application will now have a host of retro-like filters that will allow users to share images through their Twitter accounts.
The addition of this mobile centric app will provide tweeples with an option to by-pass Instagram and directly share images on Twitter through this new photo-enhancing tool. Instead of purchasing any third-party app, Twitter thought that it would be much cheaper to create in-house customized editing features. The update, which is scheduled to be launched in the coming months, seems to be a pretty big move as Twitter continues to marginalize third-party services by tightening its API restrictions.
As per the New York Times report, “According to one Twitter employee, the company’s V.I.T.’s, or Very Important Tweeters, as they are known internally, usually celebrities and media personalities, would be especially happy to see filters in the Twitter mobile apps. Most V.I.T.’s now use Instagram to take photos, and then share them on Twitter, where they often have a larger following.”
Twitter also plans to add other tools to its mobile applications, like the ability to upload and edit videos without the need of third-party application, like YouTube. However, the move does not seem to be without obstacles. As through Instagram you can directly post pictures on both Facebook as well as on Twitter; however, through this new app, users will be able to upload pictures only on their Twitter account.
Apparently, Carolyn Penner, a Twitter spokeswoman, decided not to comment on the entire news.
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