Twitter has been taking steps recently to make sure third-party developers don’t mimic its official clients and an announcement tomorrow could make third party photo-sharing services like TwitPic and Yfrog worried for their future.
According to multiple sources who spoke to TechCrunch, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo will announce a new official photo-sharing service which is currently handled by a plethora of third-party services such as TwitPic, Yfrog, Instagram and Flickr to name but a few. The announcement is expected to take place at the D9 conference in California tomorrow and could herald a new way for Twitter to monetise their service. Last July Twitter purchased the website twing.com which could be the portal via which the photo-sharing service is provided. Sharing of photos on Twitter has become more and more popular with users and it is obviously a way for Twitter to make its service more commercial by adding ads around the pictures.
However the launch of such an official Twitter photo-sharing service could sound the death knell for all the third-party developers as Twitter has already told developers to stop making mobile and desktop clients which mirror exactly what the official clients do. Last week Twitter announced the purchase of TweetDeck for a sum believed to be in the region of $40 million. This purchase will add further functionality for more intense users of the micro-blogging site such as organising feeds from Twitter and other social networking sites. Adding a photo-sharing service is a logical next step for Twitter, though how it will work and what it will look like is something we’ll have to wait to see.