Twitter’s Newest Tools: Galleries

I hardly ever go to Twitter.com. I love Tweetdeck for daily interactions, find the #Fitblog and Tweetchat websites to do great work in filtering chats and hashtags and only resort to Twitter’s own website when I absolutely have to.

And I’m not alone. Twitter knows that most people prefer the experience on third party apps, so it’s unveiling lots of new features to try and bring us back.

Here’s the one that intrigues me the most so far: galleries.

Mashable has a great how-to post on using the new feature, but I also gave it a test drive on my own profile.

First, I went to my profile¬†and there on the right side, saw my new “Recent Images” section.

Cool! I can see why this would be a good way to quickly see the type of images that a person shares.

Then I clicked view all, and that’s when things really got interesting.

The above view is gallery style, but there is an option to see the pictures in context, with the original tweet.

I’m pretty impressed, and find this view much better than the one offered by TwitPic. And since the third party apps don’t offer this tool, I think it will send me to Twitter.com more often.

BUT, I may go to the Web to follow breaking news photos, track my favorite photographers’ pictures and more.

I did have some trouble getting all of the photos to load, and I wish that Twitter offered views and other analytics on the photos. So it’s not all puppies and sunshine.

What’s still not clear?

Who owns the photos you share on Twitter and on those third party websites. Check out what Twitter’s CEO told PBS’s Media Shift blog about its decision to partner with Photobucket to offer easy-to-share photo services:

With a “Twitter native photo-sharing experience,” he said, “users will own their own rights to their photos.”

And then this tweet from Twitter’s Sean Garrett:

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I strongly urge you to read the rest of the Media Shift post, as it goes into detail about the various licenses and terms of service that platforms like TwitPic, yfrog, Flickr and others have. You can choose what works best for you.

But until then…

Will the Twitter Galleries feature make you more likely to go to Twitter.com? If not, what’s your favorite third party app to use?

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Comments

  1. says

    I guess I’m totally living behind the moon, but I don’t use any third party apps. I still go to Twitter.com all the time. Mostly because I don’t really know the alternatives. Can’t wait to read the comments on this and maybe some recommendations.

  2. says

    I use echofon on my phone but use twitter.com on my work computer. I’m scared to download anything. The only reason that I can even get on twitter is because of the company twitter account so i don’t want to press my luck. Although I do sometimes use something called Split Tweet that lets you tweet from multiple accounts (I’m in charge of two different company accounts, one of which I’m not a very good tweeter for!)

  3. says

    I always just go to twitter.com. Is a tweet deck that much better?! And I tried loading a picture for the first time last night but it took sooo long to load I ended up giving up! I’ll have to look into this tweetdeck you speak of…

  4. says

    I;m glad that twitter.com made that change. I like looking at my old pictures and when I am about to add someone one to follow it’s a great idea to look at.

    I use tweetdeck on my computer and plume on my android.

  5. says

    I know I’m in the minority but I actually do use Twitter.com even though I’ve been shown the other apps like tweet deck. I think it’s just laziness honestly! I saw the recent images the other day and definitely thought that was a cool improvement. My one complaint about using twitter.com is how after being logged in for a while, it gets really slow and delayed forcing you to log out and log back in. Kind of annoying.

  6. says

    It’s certainly an interesting feature, but the only thing that would get me back to twitter.com regularly is making it easier to view lists/columns like Tweetdeck/Hootsuite, or some sort of autorefresh.

    I’m a little crazy on which apps I use: used to use Tweetdeck at work, I use Tweetie at home and Twitter for iPhone on my iPhone. Creeping over your shoulder this weekend, I noticed you use Tweetdeck on your iPhone…do you like it? I think I remember you can only really see one column at a time on it, which I feel like defeats the purpose.

    • says

      I actually don’t mind Tweetdeck on the iPhone, and while it’s hard to see all of the columns at once like you can on the desktop app (you can, but the text is too small to read), I feel like I have to give up SOMETHING since I’m viewing on such a small screen. I’ve tried a few other mobile apps, including Twitter’s own, and none of them seem to work well.

  7. says

    First off, it was SO lovely seeing you at the HLS this year, Katie:) You’re amazing!
    Secondly, as always, this post is a wealth of knowledge! I’m starring it to refer back to. I use Tweet Deck right now, but I’m pretty Twitter illiterate:-P

  8. says

    Maybe it’s out there, but I feel like I haven’t found a third-party Twitter app yet that meets my needs.

    I like using Hootsuite on my iPod Touch since I can send a tweet through both of my Twitter accounts, but I don’t like reading tweets on it – it tends to only go back to the last hour or so.

    And I like Tweetdeck because it’s easier to go further back in time to read tweets, but I haven’t figured out how to send a tweet from two accounts.

    Any thoughts out there a solution?

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