Twitter Preparing to Add Photo Filters; Trying to be Instagram?

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  • 03 Nov 2012
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  • I see that a lot of people are posting links to their Instagram pics with cool effects on Twitter and the folks at Twitter also saw that, so rumor has it that they’re working on adding photo filters to their app. Twitter plans to update its mobile apps in the following months, in order to introduce filters for photos, that will allow people to share modified images on Twitter and never need to resort to Instagram.

    The filters on Instagram make pics look like they were shot back in the 1960s with Kodachrome or even in the 1890s with sepia tone. Adding photo filters to Twitter may seem like a bizarre move for a social networking service that’s mostly based on text and it processes a billion 140 character messages every two days. Considering new smartphones pack potent cameras, why not take advantage of those through Twitter? It’s already a popular service with advertisers who want to reach the public on smartphones, right?

    Meanwhile, Twitter’s spokespersons refused to comment on the matter, so nothing’s sure here. However, one Twitter employee is claiming that celebrities and media personalities will be happy with filters added to Twitter. VIPs usually rely on Instagram to take pics and then share them on Twitter, a tradition that has been going on for some time now. Twitter has been considering a photo-related acquisition before, but this time there’s more to it.

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    SOURCE: NY Times
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