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:
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…