Updated, at the foot of the post.
We’ve thought, for some time, that we’d see this. Today it’s finally here. Twitter has just rolled out a new setting that you’ll see as “Show photos and videos from everyone”. What this means, clearly, is that Twitter is now going to start embedding photos and videos from users in your stream.
According to the description:
“By default, you’ll only see images and videos shared by people you’re following, and reveal those by people you’re not. Check this box to see media from everyone on Twitter.”
While we here at TNW aren’t seeing the items in our streams yet, it’s obvious what Twitter is headed for. The question that comes to mind, immediately, is what will happen to services such as TwitPic and TwitVid?
It’s not clear, yet, if Twitter will be offering its own upload service or if the site will pull from the API of the already-existing ones.
We’ve pinged Twitter for more details, and will let you know when we find out more.
Update, from Twitter:
We’re constantly exploring features and settings. What you saw was a small test of a potential consumption setting for inline media. We show inline media on our own iPhone and Android apps.
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