Twitter Says ‘Cheese!’
According to TechCrunch, Twitter has plans of launching a new photo sharing service for its users this week. Dick Costolo, Twitter’s chief executive will be speaking tomorrow at the D9 conference in California, and many are speculating that he will make an official announcement then.
This new endeavor will not be welcomed by companies like Twitpic and Yfrog, who have profited from Twitter not having their own image-sharing service. These third party services allow you to post a link to your Twitter account, which directs you to either Twitpic or Yfrog where users post their pictures. While the details of a Twitter photo sharing service are scarce, if they make it possible to upload photos to Twitter directly, rather than having to link to a different site, it would undoubtedly become the preferred way for Tweeters to share photos. Bye-Bye middle man!
Rep. Weiner’s Uncomfortable Situation
As far as controversies go, the big one in the news this week involves lewd photos being sent from Representative Anthony Weiner’s Twitter account (please try to control your giggles) to a Seattle college student. Weiner claims that his account was hacked and that the whole thing is just a prank; however he has decided to hire a lawyer to investigate and possibly press criminal charges.
The congressman’s stance on the sticky situation he has found himself in? “At a time when the GOP is playing games with the debt limit, a member of the Supreme Court is refusing to recuse himself from matters he has a financial interest in, and middle class incomes are stagnant, many want to change the subject,” he said. “I don’t. This was a prank, and a silly one. I’m focused on my work.”
Twitter Teams up with AdGrok, Minus the CEO
The folks over at Twitter made an official announcement today confirming that it has acquired AdGrok, a keyword bidding company, stating ““@AdGrok Is Going To @JoinTheFlock“. The most intriguing and surprising part of this new partnership however is the news that Antonio Garcia-Martinez, CEO of AdGrok, is not following his company in its move to Twitter, but rather has taken a job at Facebook. Garcia-Martinez will be acting as project manager of the Facebook Ads team, which means that he will be competing with Twitter.
When asked publicly about the change, AdGrok stated “When Twitter approached us and asked if we’d be interested in working on their monetization platform, we realized that this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that we just couldn’t pass up. The fact that the Twitter team is both smart and user-focused only made our decision easier.” How very PC of you, AdGrok.