Twitter Releases Image Search

As Instagram gobbles up the market share of visual social networks, Twitter has been scrambling to make a play to bring in those users. Previously announced, filters are in the works, and now, image search has been added.

You can see the image previews pulled right into the Twitter search box when I have searched sunrise (it is the morning after all).

Instagram and Twitter haven’t been playing nice lately, and I think everyone is pretty sick of not being able to tag friends on photos posted from Instagram to Twitter. This doesn’t help that relationship.

From the Official Twitter Blog:

Here are three new elements you’ll see when you search:

View photos and videos first: People tell incredible stories on Twitter through photos and videos. When you search for a person, an event or a hashtag, you can now see a grid of the most relevant media above the stream of Tweets.

See headlines and photos: You can also see media instantly in your search results stream on iPhone and Android. Photos and article summaries automatically show previews to give you a bird’s eye view on what’s happening.

Understand context: About a year ago we launched tailored ranking of your search results, but until now you couldn’t see why a specific Tweet might matter more to you. Now you can see context like who favorited or retweeted right there in the Tweet.

What do you think about Twitter trying to take the place of Instagram?


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