If sources familiar with the matter are correct, Twitter might be getting into the photo-filter business before the end of this year. According to sources, the microblogging service is planning to add a variety of photo filters to its official app, and employees of the company are reportedly already testing the new features.
All Things Digital got a tip that such filters would be released on its app before the end of 2012. Meanwhile, The Next Web pointed out numerous telltale photos using black-and-white filters taken and posted by the company's chairman, Jack Dorsey.
Twitter's new photo app might offer pictures in a higher resolution than those of Instagram, according to The Next Web. Twitter's pictures will reportedly be square like Instagram's, but will be offered in 1024×1024-pixel resolution, rather than the latter's significantly smaller 612x612 pixels.
Twitter is apparently moving quickly after Instagram prevented its own photos from showing up properly in the new Twitter Cards, as e news reported on Wednesday. The feature, in Twitter's official application, made it easier to view Instagram photos by attaching them to tweets with links in the timeline. Now, Instagram photos can still be viewed on the Twitter app, but in an awkwardly cropped state.
This is not the first we've heard of Twitter filters for photos. In early November, there were reports from several Twitter sources that the company was preparing a variety of filters that users can apply to pictures uploaded to Twitter. Such a move would allow the company to compete directly against Instagram.
The conflict between Twitter and Instagram has intensified since Instagram was acquired by Facebook for $1 billion in early April of this year. Since then, instead of cooperating against the social network juggernaut, Twitter and Instagram have been at odds.