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Twitter Photo-Sharing Coming To iOS 5

Twitter Photo-Sharing Coming To iOS 5

June 1, 2011
Twitter, the social networking monster is about to get into the photo-sharing business. To do so, it might have found an equally impressive partner: Apple, by way of iOS 5. This news comes from TechCrunch, which sees Twitter making the announcement at the D9 conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, California this week. The Wall Street Journal’s All Things Digital confirmed the news. Currently, whenever a Twitter user wishes to send a tweet with a photo, they must rely on a third-party solution. These include Twitpic, Yfrog, Instagram, and Flickr, to name four examples. However, Twitter itself is said to be getting ready to enter the photo-sharing business itself and will do so with Apple. According to TechCrunch:
We’ve heard from multiple sources that Twitter is likely to have a big-time partner for such a service: Apple. Specifically, we’re hearing that Apple’s new iOS 5 will come with an option to share images to Twitter baked into the OS. This would be similar to the way you can currently share videos on YouTube with one click in iOS. Obviously, a user would have to enable this feature by logging in with their Twitter credentials in iOS. There would then be a “Send to Twitter” option for pictures stored on your device.
Having the ability to send photos via a tweet in iOS 5 would certainly appeal to many, mainly due to the simplicity it would bring. Still, we hope Twitter is one of many photo-sharing options coming to iOS 5 and not part of some larger Apple-Twitter exclusivity agreement. After all, not everyone uses Twitter, but still would like to send photos using a third-party provider. Perhaps iOS 5 will also have integration with Facebook, Flickr, or Instagram too, to name three examples. Be sure to check out our  iOS 5 roundup page for all the details and rumors for the upcoming iOS release. What do you think? Leave your comments below.

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