Skydrive Pictures Now Showing Inline on Twitter

Looks like there is some close work Microsoft is doing with Twitter. In addition to announcing a Windows Phone 8-specific Twitter application coming with Windows Phone 8, looks like the behind-the-scenes work is complete for showing SkyDrive pictures inline on Twitter.

If you use a Windows Phone and share pictures natively (select a picture > share > Twitter), it uploads the picture to SkyDrive and then publishes the SkyDrive link to Twitter along with the tweet message. Below is an example:

Tweet with SkyDrive picture link
Tweet with SkyDrive picture link

Until now, that “View Photo” link was not visible and as a result, expanding the tweet would not show the photo. In order to see the photo you’d have to click on the link which would take you to SkyDrive’s website and open it there. Compared to inline, that was a bad experience.

Now, you can see the picture inline by just clicking on “View Photo” as I did here:

SkyDrive picture inline on Twitter
SkyDrive picture inline on Twitter

It doesn’t look like SkyDrive pictures are integrated into Twitter’s “Recent Images” section on the profile page yet. Hopefully the Image Gallery update will roll out soon as well.

Regardless, it is a good thing that Twitter (with or without Microsoft) has worked out the technical stuff to make SkyDrive pictures show up inline. After all, we know that SkyDrive now has 200 million users and stores 11 billion photos so it is not a small operation. With Windows 8 and Windows RT (along with, of course, Windows Phone 8) relying heavily on SkyDrive as the personal cloud of choice, the usage will only go up.

A final note, given that Twitter’s iOS and Android apps behave much like the website, I suppose these pictures from SkyDrive will also show inline in those apps, although I have not been able to confirm that.

Google’s +1 Used More than Twitter’s Tweet Button

Google launched it’s “+1″ sharing button last month as a part of Google’s search engine and displayed the “+1″ button next to search results. It allows you “+1″ search results and advertisements that you like which will appear in ¬†your ¬†Google Profile. It was soon allowed to integrate in website and blogs just like Twitter’s “tweet” and Facebook’s “Like” button. And apparently, Google+ buttons were used more in number than Twitter buttons. Twitter, now has something to worry about.

In a recent study carried out by a SEO platform provider – BrightEdge, revealed that 4.5 percent of the sites it analyzed had adopted the Google +1 button, while the “tweet” button had a usage of 3.4 percent combining Twitter Share (2.1 percent) and Twitter Instant Follow (1.3 percent). However, Facebook’s “Like” button, remained on the top with 10.8 percent dominating the social share buttons.

Google's +1 Used More than Twitter's Tweet Button

Google’s +1 saw a growth rate of 1 percent, Twitter with 0.2 percent and Facebook with 0.3 percent when compared with the last analysis conducted in June, 2011.

Breaking down Facebook’s social share widgets, the “Like” button has been adopted by 10.8 percent while the “Like Box”, Facebook Connect and Facebook Recommendations had no changes with 6.1 percent, 1.9 percent and 1.3 percent respectively.

The analysis was carried out for 10,000 largest websites showing a 33 percent spike in placement of the +1 button in the last few weeks. The report also revealed some more interesting analysis. Only 49 percent of the top 10,000 websites used either Facebook or Twitter integration.

The analysis also included how the social share buttons were rated on the basis of integrating them on the front page of the top 10,000 sites. 47.4 percent included link to Facebook profile while Twitter stood second with 41.8 percent. YouTube had a 16.77 percent decline with 16.75 percent and LinkedIn with 3.7 percent.

Google's +1 Used More than Twitter's Tweet Button

Few days back, after the launch of Google Plus, Google removed real time search results from its search engine as the contract between Twitter and Google, with respect to real time updates from Twitter, had expired. The deal allowed Google to integrate tweets into search results on the go. Google stated that is working on incorporating Google+ into this functionality and have temporarily disabled the feature.

We can expect more integration of +1s after Google+ API is launched and when Google+ comes out of beta. Watch out Twitter!

A funny video created by CreativeShed shows Hitler’s worry about the rise of Google+ and how Google+ is taking the world. Enjoy ;)