Twitter is finally launching their own native photo and video sharing service. It will be available to 100% of Twitter.com users sometime over the next few weeks (and to other official apps shortly after that) according to Twitter CEO Dick Costol, who made the announcement at the D9 Conference.
The Twitter service, which will be powered by Photobucket, puts it in direct competition with photo sharing services like Twitpic, YFrog and Lockerz (formerly Plixi and Tweetphoto), who fund their sites selling ad space next to user’s photos.
The photos will be viewable on Twitter.com alongside the tweet without the viewer having to leave the site.
Costolo also mentioned that “users will own their own rights to their photos.” This was in response to the recent controversy reported by the New York Times about who has right to your photos.