Twitter back in May gave a sneak peek when they announced the upcoming launch of a photo sharing service powered by Photobucket. Little has been said since then, but today Twitter has started rolling the feature out to users.
When you first log on to Twitter you’ll notice a pop-up, announcing the new feature. You’re given the option to learn more or just start using. Everything else is the same except the addition of a camera icon that allow you to attach a photo to the update. Once the update is complete the url is shortened to a pic.twitter.com/Randoms which when copied turns into a short url like so: http://t.co/VYn539I
Max size on images in 3MB. Twitter handles scaling the image to fit the display pane. The photos show nicely in the sidebar. Just like other media you have the option to hide items from those you don’t currently follow. If you have a protected account it all works the same as if you sent a text Tweet. Your images are protected as well.
To comment on a photo, simply reply to a tweet and the conversation shows up nicely under the image on the right hand side viewing pane.
According to the official support page Twitter will continue to support 3rd party image hosting ike Twitpic and yFrog.
Right now the domain pic.twitter.com redirects to the home page, but eventually that should point to the image gallery Twitter will roll out at a later date.
Bonus: Twitter is removing all Exif data upon upload. So if your image shows up in a Twitter search you can rest assured if it was taken at home, that data is erased.
Have you played with the new feature yet?