Twitter: Moving beyond 140 characters

TwitterThey say pictures are worth a thousand words, but you only get 140 characters to Tweet it to the world. Just months after a $40 million TweetDeck acquistion, in-the-know tech site, All Things D confirms that Twitter is looking to further expand their offerings and create their own photo-sharing service. Twitter reps are not commenting on the reports, but the social media kings are buzzing with crystal-ball predictions of what the empire’s latest brainchild will look like.

I wanted to add my two cents to the conversation. Currently, users who want to share photos in their tweets have to post them on secondary sights and include links to their photos within tweets. That’s all too time consuming. Let’s cut to the chase. We need those 140 characters to tell everyone just how cute Baby Ali is and include a picture. We can’t just go wasting those precious characters with link space. So, in the spirit of all things twit-tastic, below are my top three photo-sharing sites and what I am looking for in Twitter’s revamp in 140 characters or less.

Twitpic Share media in real-time. Iphone, email, website platforms using in-site API. CON: Links too lengthy, need more room for text. #nicetry

Yfrog Served by ImageShack and optimized for mobile viewing. No frills, fast and easy to use. CON: Too many platform bugs make it less reliable. #almostthere

Instagram Enhances pics with various effects and has seamless social integration on FB, TW, Flickr, Foursquare and Tumblr. CON: Only available for iphones. #Ihaveandroid

What I’m really hoping for in a Twitter platform as an in-house photo-sharing device as clean, quirky, and creative as the namesake’s currently successful products. A hybrid Yfrog, Twitpic, and Instagram will suffice, but I am hoping Twitter will take this opportunity and will go one step further in order to bring us something not even the social media world could have predicted. What are you looking for in the new Twitter photo-sharing service? All Things D reports plans for the platform’s unveiling at the D9 conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., this week. Stay tuned!

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Shefali Vyas

Shefali is a digital strategist and interactive producer on the 360° Digital Influence team. She brings a broad range of skills in social media strategy, communication campaign planning and event management. Shefali has worked in a range of organizations, including non-profits, PR agencies and advocacy groups. As a digital strategist, Shefali serves a wide array of clients, where she assists in planning interactive and word of mouth marketing campaigns. As an Interactive Producer, she uses her project management skills to facilitate projects within the group, such as design and development of Web 2.0 initiatives. Shefali holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Political Science from York University, Canada, and a master’s degree in Public Communication from American University, Washington, DC. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Shefali has lived in a number of countries including Libya and England. Follow Shefali on Twitter: @shefaliv

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