Last week Twitter officially announced its plans to launch its own photo-sharing service for users, which will allow them to include photos easier and faster within tweets. Teaming up with Photobucket to launch the feature, this new form of photo-sharing could minimize the need for outside apps like Twitpic or Yfrog. Twitter is also working with mobile carriers internationally so that people without smartphones can still tweet photos via MMS.
So what does this mean for your kids? Inevitably, easier photo-sharing will lead to an increased number of tweeted photos. And with the option to include photos in tweets – even without using a smartphone – more users will be able to take advantage of this feature. With newer and newer mobile and social sharing applications popping up all the time, it’s important to remind kids to be careful of the dangers of oversharing that could cause damage to their online reputation.
The more information that kids put online can also result in cyberbullying or unwanted attention from online predators, so make sure your kids and teens have the strictest and most secure settings in place for all social networks they are involved with. A great way to do this specifically on Twitter is to encourage your kids to select the “Protect my tweets” option which makes anything they tweet visible to only those who follow them. And anyone who wants to follow them has to send a request for your child to approve or deny, depending on whether or not they know that person offline.
Check out the promo video for the new Twitter photo-sharing service below, and let us know what you think about this new sharing option on Twitter.
How active are your kids on Twitter? What kind of privacy settings do they have in place for their different social networks?