Sharing photos and videos with Twitter friends just got a little easier.
Photo sharing startup Twitpic, has just added support for video uploads, which means now you can upload videos to your Twitpic account and share the TwitcPic video URL with your Twitter friends and followers.
Adding videos to Twitpic’s sharing arsenal makes complete sense, everyone wants a central place for media uploads and nobody wants to fumble through a dozen websites – one for photos, one for videos and another one for files. While users can always upload videos to their YouTube account and share the YouTube video URL on Twitter, but considering TwitPic’s growing popularity among it’s existing user base, this move was much sought after.
Uploading videos to Twitpic is quite easy, go to twitpic.com/upload, connect your Twitter account and choose a video file from your computer. Then add a message and click “Upload”. The video will be uploaded and stored on your TwitPic account and a Tweet will be sent to your Twitter profile.
TwitPic also supports video and photo uploads from any email address. All you have to do is compose a new message, attach the video file and send the email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can get your Twitpic secret email at the right corner of Twitpic’s video upload page.
The video page of Twitpic looks very basic in it’s spartan form, no embedding options are provided though. The reactions and mentions are organized as video comments, works quite the same way as for photos being shared on Twitpic. Here is the launch video from TwitPic team.
I tried the embed code for TwitPic videos but it didn’t worked as it should. The code pulled in the first image from the video, users have to click the thumbnail image and watch the video on TwitPic.
Just one year back, TwitPic founder Noah Everett rejected a $10 Million buyout offer, the startup was making $1.5 million per year out of which 70% was net profit. Overtime, competing services like Yfrog, Vid.ly, Tvider have evolved who already support video and media uploads on Twitter. Thus, in order to survive the competition from rival sources, TwitPic had to do something about Video sharing.
Twitpic is in fact very late on embracing video uploads but considering it’s growing popularity, better late than never.