If you have built a business as a third party client for anything that is connected to Twitter this news should make you (and any investors) rethink your position. It is being reported that Twitter will be announcing its own photo sharing offering. Couple this with the recent acquisition of TweetDeck and it is clear that Twitter wants to bring the most important aspects of the service ‘in-house’.
This move was first reported by TechCrunch yesterday
Twitter has been completely emphatic about where developers should stake a claim, with Twitter Platform Lead Ryan Sarver warning the ecosystem to stay away from building “client apps that mimic or reproduce the mainstream Twitter consumer client experience.”
Well if Sarver stays true to his word the Twitpics and Yfrogs of the world can just give it up now. According to multiple sources, Twitter is on the verge of announcing its own built in Twitpic competitor. Like tomorrow, if things go according to plan (naturally this post might change that).
This shouldn’t really come as a surprise to anyone, as photosharing is the next logical step of Twitter expanding its in app experience. It’s basically grabbing at low hanging fruit.
Welcome to the always risky world of “I am going to build a business that is completely reliant on a third party’s existence as it is right now” line of thinking. Honestly, for the companies that have done this whether it’s with Twitter or Facebook or whomever, you reap what you sow.
The move which was initially a hot rumor has now moved up the rumor status alert to a confirmed rumor (that’s a RumorCon 5 alert for those who are not aware of the system built along the same lines as the DefCon alert system for national security) by All Things Digital (and their minimalistic new design).
Twitter will announce a photo-sharing service at the D9 conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., this week, according to sources familiar with the matter.
Twitter CEO Dick Costolo is set to speak at D9 on Wednesday.
I am indeed aware that D9 is the conference put on by this very site, but was not able to get sources to confirm the image-hosting announcement on the record. Twitter spokespeople did not reply for a request for comment on the matter.
All of the juicy details like an actual date as to when this moves to a real product that people can actually use haven’t been fed into the rumor mill yet. Sure does work nicely though with conveniently being ‘leaked’ right before a big conference. Gee, I wonder how that always seems to happen (holding chin and scratching lightly).
One thing I hope that develops over time is a less obvious system of ‘leaks’. They are just PR stunts to give a boost to something that is happening so that the ‘real’ announcement will have some momentum. Of course, as long as we keep writing about them, these ‘leaks’ will continue to happen.
Too bad though because the more contrived the space becomes the less fun it is as well.