Twitter’s picture service quickly growing
Skylines analyzed over 24 million photos that were posted to Twitter last week, between October 22 to October 29, shared through Instagram, Twitpic, Twitter’s own photo sharing service and Yfrog. Our data was used for an article on Techcrunch: Twitter Soars Past TwitPic and YFrog to Become #1 Photo Service
Through our analysis we found a couple of interesting results:
Twitter’s own photoservice is already number one on Twitter
Twitter’s own photoservice was launched on August 9 of this year. It has been integrated in Apple’s iOS5 since October 12. It now has already acquired the number one position in photo sharing services (over 36%), passing Twitpic (30%, launched in 2008) and Yfrog (21%, launched in 2009). It is expected that the official Twitter photo sharing service will be integrated in Twitter for Android and Blackberry as well, driving back Yfrog and Twitpic and significantly increasing Twitter’s own photoservice’s share.
Apple launched iOS5 on October 12. A little over two weeks later, iOS’ new photo clients together (‘Photos on iOS’ and ‘Camera on iOS’) have already become the 7th biggest Twitter client for photo sharing (over 5% share). iPhone most popular platform for sharing pictures
Twitter for iPhone is the most popular Twitter client for sharing photos, responsible for 21 percent of all pictures posted to Twitter, followed by Twitters website (17%) and Instagram (12%). Photoservices strongly linked to specific Twitter clients and platforms
Photos uploaded to Twitter’s own photoservice are mostly shared using Twitter for iPhone (42%). The most popular client for yfrog photos is Twitter for Blackberry (47%), whereas on Twitpic the platform used most is Android (39% Twitter for Android). Instagram is obviously only used trough Instagram itself. Each picture service clearly has a dominant mobile platform linked to it: Twitter’s photoservice and Instagram are the most important photo sharing services for iPhone, Yfrog for Blackberry and Twitpic for Android. MMS is still around
Even though the wide majority of pictures is shared through mobile apps, around 0,4 percent of all pictures posted to Twitter are still shared through MMS, making it the 20th biggest picture client on Twitter.