So we all recall the kerfuffle when Facebook snatched Instagram away from Twitter and co-founder Jack Dorsey stopped using the tool in a tiff.
And then Twitter took away Instagram’s API access, solidifying the rift. But then Instagram was all “in yo’ face, Twitter” as it came out with a workaround that promised to convert Twitter’s photo-loving users faster than your favorite cult.
Well, according to The New York Times, Twitter is planning some pretty cool updates in the coming months, including photo filters “that will allow people to share altered images on Twitter and bypass Instagram.”
Don’t you love tech wars? All that’s missing are battling avatar-style robots.
This ‘photo filter’ news comes via anonymous sources who work at Twitter. Seems they’re “not allowed to discuss unannounced projects,” so NYT is keeping their identities hush hush. Hmm. Seems someone’s singing like a canary at Twitter. Sorry, couldn’t help it.
Although adding photo filters to Twitter may seem like a trivial addition to a social network that processes nearly a billion 140-character missives every two days, it could prove to be an important part of the company’s business.
But can they really hope to compete with the wildly popular Instagram when it comes to photo sharing? That’s a tough one.
Would you abandon Instagram if Twitter added photo filters? Seems they’re entirely different platforms, so this won’t be an either/or choice. But what do you think?
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