The Photobucket Corporation announced today that it is the company that will power Twitter’s native photo sharing capabilities. The company reports that it will allow Tweeples to easily upload and share photos directly in Tweets. This announcement comes on the heels of their recent Snapbucket app announcement, which is a photo filter app that also connects to your Photobucket account.
So what does this mean? Well, while you aren’t able to use it yet as the service will be available in the next few weeks, you’ll be able to upload photos directly from Twitter.com. Mobile clients are included as well. TechCrunch already speculated that it would be Amazon who was picked to host the photos, but Photobucket won out.
A slatering of other Twitter updates such as Twitter partnering with a new version of the Firefox browser that features Twitter already included in the update. Twitter search was enhanced to provide better tweet results related to the actual search. However, there was nothing said about iOS 5 and how Twitter will integrate with it. As MG Siegler of TechCrunch says… “no way Twitter is allowed to announce before Apple…”
Regardless, the real news to me was Photobucket. With 100 million users and more than eight billion uploads, Photobucket is already the world’s largest dedicated personal media site allowing users to create, share, customize and permanently store all of its users’ memories. The company’s sheer size, combined with its recently-announced unlimited storage offering and patented mobile auto-upload capabilities, give Photobucket the ability to easily scale and serve the rapidly-growing Twitter audience.
All photos on Twitter, will be tagged “powered by Photobucket,” and will link to a page that allows users to sign up for or sign in to their Photobucket accounts via Twitter to further edit, share or save their photos.
“Photobucket is the category leader with regard to reliability, size, offerings and scalability, and we are ready and able to best serve the growing number of Twitter users. Photobucket extends and enriches the Twitter experience, and we look forward to building on this collaboration with Twitter to better serve the needs of our joint audiences. This partnership is just one example of how companies can easily build upon the Photobucket platform to extend their brand vision and product offerings.”
As Photobucket says, the partnership with Twitter makes 140 characters worth a thousand words.