Twitter Unveils New Picture Upload App and Improved Search – Yeah!

Anybody who has used Twitter for a while knows how great of a product it is.

But you also know the limitations that can be mind numbingly frustrating.

While addressing the crowd at the Wall Street Journal sponsored D9 conference in Rancho Palos Verdes California Wednesday, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo announced a couple big Twitter things.

Or as InfoStar calls them - Twings.

First, he said over the next few weeks they will be installing their own photo sharing app similar to TwitPic and a host of other third part vendors.

He said,

"Over the next several weeks, we'll be releasing a feature to upload a photo and attach it to your Tweet right from And of course, you'll soon be able to easily do this from all of our official mobile apps."


It’s not that we don’t mind using TwitPic, but the simplicity of attaching a photo right from the Twitter dashboard is attractive and will save time and several extra steps.

Early speculation had been that Twitter would just purchase one of the better third party companies, but doing it all in-house will ultimately give them more control over the process. We suspect a video version won’t be far behind.

Apparently one benefit of doing it in-house is the fact that you will own the rights to your own photos. Some third party picture sharing sites actually take claim to the copyright once you upload your photo. With Twitter’s application the rights will always belong to you.

As for improved search, Twitter users will now be able to search for photos, hashtags and videos on the site.

When asked about more company or product acquisitions Costolo said,

“We bought Tweetie a year ago. And we just bought Tweetdeck. We bought Tweetdeck because every newsroom uses Tweetdeck, because it provides amazing research capabilities. Lesley Stahl’s producer told me he was using it last night.”

Bring it Twitter – we can’t wait.

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