Twitter's image hosting overtakes third parties

Do you remember when Twitter didn't have its own image hosting solution, back around June? Sites such as yFrog and Twitpic entered the fray, offering image uploading for the network, and Twitter's own solution proved less successful than the third parties. Today, that changed; Twitter now leads its own service, as ZDNet reports.

When Twitter released the t.co link shortener, some developers feared it would damage their own success within this nich market. Their fears were not completely unfounded since Bit.ly was impacted by the release of the link shortener. It goes to show, that when Twitter unveils a service on their own network, it will eventually catch on. Every third-party service for image hosting has now fallen into an uphill struggle against Twitter itself for image hosting, including yFrog, Instagram, and Twitpic.

Research from Skylines suggests that smartphones, such as BlackBerry, Android, and iOS handsets are the most common products for uploading images to Twitter. The biggest provider in the past, Twitpic, has a 30.6% share of the image uploading pie. When Twitter didn't have its own option, it had 45% of the image sharing market. While it is going to be a struggle for third parties to regain the lead again, and it may even be impossible, there will still be a market for the other sites that are available. Many people will not want to abandon their collection of shared images on a service, even if moving to Twitter's own service could eventually grow more convenient.

Just as a side-note, here is a pie chart of the clients used to upload images to Twitter, courtesy of Skylines.

 

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kavazovangel said,

This was a sarcasm, right?


This would have been a sarcasm -- had Microsoft not been accused of anti-competitive behavior for bundling Internet Explorer or Windows Media Player with Windows. I can't see the difference.

england_fanboy said,
There should be an Anti-trust case against Twitter for destroying third party business.

Oh come on, really...
It actually improves the experience and makes the content accessible for as long as Twitter stays...
That's like URL shorteners... if they have to be used (ugh, can't stand them...) then at least shorten them with the same service, that has the link posted, so whenever I want to look up an old link it's likely to still work.

Same with pictures.
I can't stand 404's due to bankrupt/renamed/... services

Go, Twitter! (If you yourself have to exist... you ugly redundandancy-maker of a Social Network 0.2 you are!)

My 2ยข...

england_fanboy said,

This would have been a sarcasm -- had Microsoft not been accused of anti-competitive behavior for bundling Internet Explorer or Windows Media Player with Windows. I can't see the difference.

Didn't like that case either...

I call BS cases on both!

GS:mac

england_fanboy said,

This would have been a sarcasm -- had Microsoft not been accused of anti-competitive behavior for bundling Internet Explorer or Windows Media Player with Windows. I can't see the difference.

Well Microsoft had the monopoly of the Operating Systems, while I don't think that Twitter has 90+% of the social market share. Mac OS X & Linux were never forced to remove (QuickTime or Safari and Firefox & Totem, on GNOME based Linux distros). I think that was the point, tough I don't think it's fair what was done to them... Anyway extra cash for EU that's always good for us (not US, that's sarcasm). This is payback for US only promotions/contests and free stuff

Marius F said,

Well Microsoft had the monopoly of the Operating Systems, while I don't think that Twitter has 90+% of the social market share. Mac OS X & Linux were never forced to remove (QuickTime or Safari and Firefox & Totem, on GNOME based Linux distros). I think that was the point, tough I don't think it's fair what was done to them... Anyway extra cash for EU that's always good for us (not US, that's sarcasm). This is payback for US only promotions/contests and free stuff


AHAHAHAHA!

AWESOME WAY to spin it!
Silver post of the day!

GS:mac

Thanks for the pie at the end! I like pie.

And of course Twitter's own version will catch on. That's just like Apple integrating the Siri app.