Twitter announces new search, their own photo hosting

Twitter announces new search, their own photo hosting

Twitter today announced improved search, and first-party (i.e. Twitter's own) image hosting service.

Today we're starting to roll out a completely new version of Twitter search. Not only will it deliver more relevant Tweets when you search for something or click on a trending topic, but it will also show you related photos and videos, right there on the results page. It's never been easier to get a sense of what's happening right now, wherever your curiosity takes you.

The image hosting is an even bigger deal, given the someone dubious licensing terms some third party hosts have been putting in place (taking ownership of users' photos as their own).

Millions of people share photos on Twitter every day. We're going to make that easier than ever. Over the next several weeks, we'll be releasing a feature to upload a photo and attach it to your Tweet right from And of course, you'll soon be able to easily do this from all of our official mobile apps. A special thanks to our partner Photobucket for hosting these photos behind the scenes.

So expect updates for Twitter for iPhone and Twitter for iPad soon to take advantage of these new features... and perhaps some bigger announcements come the WWDC keynote on Monday...

Video after the break!

[Twitter blog]

Rene Ritchie

Editor-in-Chief of iMore, co-host of Iterate, Debug, Review, The TV Show, Vector, ZEN & TECH, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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There are 14 comments. Add yours.

Ilovegeorgia says:

it's funny cause all the products they used were apple products, which gives the twitter integration rumor more weight.

Greg Foster says:

They need to support twitlonger again!

DavidSights says:

Seconded! That was so useful at times.

Greg Foster says:

On the twitter app I mean...

DigiColMedia says:

Could you ask them to include being able to delete my tweets on twitter for iPad also. The new native hosting of photos looks good :)

Twadddddi says:

Oh twaddi payn di lunn rene

None says:

"The image hosting is an even bigger deal, given the someone dubious licensing terms some third party hosts have been putting in place (taking ownership of users’ photos as their own)."
You mean "given the SOMEWHAT dubious"...

Bluecanary says:

If the iPhone has any sort of twitter integration with iOS 5, I'll take mine to the nearest pawn shop...

Anthony says:

Geez bro it's not gunna kill ya u winge an added feature no way theyre giving me more for nuthing better go kill myself

Stephen Robinson says:

Thats pretty said, thats like saying i will pawn it because it has an option to send to youtube, I don't have to use it.

SockRolid says:

It's about damn time, I say. Say goodbye to Twitpic and Yfrog...

tuscanidream says:

My thoughts exactly. It's nuts that twitter doesnt have image uploading built in.
But why photo bucket? While their service is helpful, it's buggy and cheesy. I wouldn't expect that twitter would ask them to help out. I'll donate a few bucks to twitter if they needed funds to host the pictures themselves. Geeze. Lol

DavidSights says:

It says Photobucket will be "behind the scenes" so I suppose we'll still get the same experience as we would if Twitter did host photos themselves. The buggy trait of Photobucket could be a problem though.

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