Twitter announced today that users will soon be able to attach pictures directly to tweets and that this capability will be coming soon to its official mobile apps and Twitter.com. Twitter is partnering with Photobucket, an image hosting company that was founded in 2003, to host users’ photos.
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 Twitter.com. 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.
Currently, Twitter users must rely on a 3rd-party image hosting service, like Posterous, TwitPic, yfrog and others, to save tweeted pictures and video.
Twitter also announced a revamped search feature for the micro-blogging service that is promised to provide more relevant search results plus related photos and videos.
Twitter’s announcement today comes on the heels of a report by Techcrunch yesterday indicating that Apple’s iOS 5 will include native Twitter integration that would allow iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad users to post pictures straight to Twitter. Apple announced yesterday that Steve Jobs and other company executives will preview iOS 5 at next week’s WWDC keynote though the company has not yet released specific details about new features in this next major firmware version.