Twitter removes third party photo upload options

Twitter made a big deal earlier today about its new iOS and Android apps, but underneath the launch comes one that will make a lot of its users unhappy. The apps no longer have a way to send a picture to be stored in one of the many third party online photo services.

As reported by TheNextWeb, the mobile apps can now only upload images directly to Twitter's own photo storage service, which is powered by Photobucket. That means services such as the popular TwitPic and yFrog are now out of luck.

Twitter has been cracking down on third parties using its information and services in the past few months. In June, it was revealed that the business-themed social network LinkedIn could no longer publish posts from their users' Twitter account. In July, Twitter made the decision to pull its friend finding API support for the Instagram app.

In August, the company admitted that the upcoming new version of its API would limit the number of users that use Twitter apps made by third parties. All of these moves are clearly designed to keep Twitter users on services that are provided directly by Twitter, and it will certainly affect all those companies that have developed products and services that have been largely based on Twitter's previous open API rules.

Source: TheNextWeb.com | Image via TheNextWeb

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ogamawab said,
I can still use tweakdeck to upload photos..hmmm

that's owned by Twitter so expect that to be the only client to survive

mmm that's a bit weird move, I use twitgoo for my photos because you can upload the photo and actually have it stay the same size. Not a fan of Twitters own photo service at all.

Everyone will moan, but how many other major social networks currently have multiple 3rd -party providers built-in for uploading photos, do any?

thealexweb said,
Everyone will moan, but how many other major social networks currently have multiple 3rd -party providers built-in for uploading photos, do any?

The problem here is that they gave options and opened their API at first, and now they are taken them away. The backslash they are getting since the new API guidelines is huge.

the420kid said,
Twitter is for self-centered, ego maniacs. The sooner it's gone the better.

I wouldn't go that far. But I agree it should just go away. They are trying to make money and that's fine but they are squeezing 3rd party apps out. They are the one that got twitter rolling.

the420kid said,
Twitter is for self-centered, ego maniacs. The sooner it's gone the better.

I wouldn't say that, alot of good can come from Twitter while alot of pointless stuff can come from it as well