NY Times [Bits Blog]: “According to one Twitter employee, the company’s V.I.T.’s, or Very Important Tweeters, as they are known internally, usually celebrities and media personalities, would be especially happy to see filters in the Twitter mobile apps. Most V.I.T.’s now use Instagram to take photos, and then share them on Twitter, where they often have a larger following.”
Twitter has some issues to solve to make itself a great site for photo sharing, but I think they have the infrastructure to make it work.
First off they acquired Posterous and have allowed the service to languish, but that infrastructure could be the basis of a photo sharing service, much like Instagram. I’m fairly certain it’s difficult to track down old pictures on Twitter because they archive old tweets and we can no longer see them in our timeline. First and foremost they need to fix that. That’s just a technology issue. They have smart folks, they can figure something out.
As for their mobile client what about buying Hipstamatic? I’d imagine since the layoff in August they may be open to talks? Again, this isn’t a real problem. Smart people will come up with great solutions.
I think the biggest problem Twitter has is the idea that some people are more important than others. Hollywood, for some strange reason, has the eye of Twitter. Why? Movie stars aren’t important people. They’re just like us, nothing special. That is a real cultural problem.
Twitter was built on the backs of third party developers and all us everyday people. Since the VC’s have taken over the company the focus has been on the in crowd, which apparently, are Hollywood stars.
Where will Twitter be when the only people here are the stars and the advertisers?
If you’re looking for a social site supported by users please visit App.Net. It’s full of everyday people like you and me.