Stop Censorship

As you may have noticed, TwitrPix has gone black today in support of the virtual protest by more than 7,000 web sites including Google, Wikipedia, Moveon, Mozilla, Reddit, WordPress and more.

The government must not be allowed to censor the Internet at the request of powerful lobbyists. Say NO to Internet censorship.

What is Protect IP / SOPA?

The video below discusses the Senate version of the House’s Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). In the Senate the bill is called the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA). SOPA has gotten more attention than PIPA because it was moving faster in the legislative process. But PIPA is just as dangerous, and now it is moving faster.

PIPA would give the government new powers to block Americans’ access websites that corporations don’t like. The bill lets corporations and the US government censor entire websites and cut sites off from advertising, payments and donations.

This legislation will stifle free speech and innovation, and even threaten popular web services like Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.
The bill is scheduled for a test vote in the Senate on Jan. 24th: We need to act now to let our lawmakers know just how terrible it is. Will you fill out the form above to ask your lawmakers to oppose the legislation and support a filibuster?

How to get involved: Sign a petition, Learn more about Protect IP / SOPA Act (video), How It Works (infographic)

TwitrPix Express for Safari

The folks here at TwitrPix HQ are happy to announce the release of TwitrPix Express for Safari.  This free browser extension enables Safari users to share any photo from any web site directly to Twitter with one click.  We’re super excited to bring this feature to Safari users.  Previously we’ve launched extensions for the Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox browsers which have been well received.

Also, we’re happy to announce that our extension has been included into the official Apple Safari Extensions Gallery.  Just visit https://extensions.apple.com/ and click on Twitter Tools in the left column.

Continuing in our effort to make social media sharing as simple as possible — if you use the Safari web browser,  TwitrPix Express for Safari is an free essential tool to have.

TwitrPix for the Holidays

Since we first launched, we’ve come a really long way. We’ve integrated into a bunch of really great mobile, desktop and web applications. We published browser extensions for Firefox and Chrome to help people share photos from any web site to Twitter (we have a Safari extension coming soon). We’ve launched our own free TwitrPix for iPhone to help people share and edit photos while on the go. We have TwitrPix for Android coming out really soon (days perhaps).

As a completely self-funded startup, we’ve been lucky to work with some really talented people and have always listened to over 110,000 users who use TwitrPix to share their photos. We’re glad to help give something more back.

Starting on December 15, 2011 at 12:00pm (noon) ET, we’re officially launching the TwitrPix Holiday Giveaway. Head on over and see what its about!

UPDATE: Congratulations to @dani052566 for winning the giveaway!

- The TwitrPix Team

TwitrPix x NYC BigApps 3.0

TwitrPix is proud to be apart of the NYC BigApps 3.0 competition in which we openly invite enterprising young and seasoned developers to use our API to integrate photo sharing into their submissions. NYC fosters a growing community of developers and, at least in our opinion, is the region to watch. A lot of great companies call NY their home including @Aviary, @Behance, @Bit.ly, @BuzzFeed, @Flavorpill, @Foursquare, @Thrillist and many more. So we’re proud to contribute our resources in an effort to help developers challenge themselves by solving interesting problems utilizing the massive amount of data provided by the city.

About NYC BigApps 3.0:

NYC BigApps 3.0, the third annual BigApps competition from New York City, challenges software developers to help improve the City with creative new apps that use city data. NYC BigApps is an ongoing series of challenges to engage developers and the public, furthering the City’s goal of becoming a leading innovator and early adopter of new technology. BigApps highlights the City’s open data initiative, increasing accessibility and transparency by incentivizing individuals, teams, and organizations to create new tools for mashing up, disseminating, organizing, and visualizing city data. BigApps supports NYC’s technology community by celebrating and fostering new ideas and apps.

For more information on NYC BigApps 3.0 visit their site. If you’re a developer looking to work with our API, we’d love to talk to you. Feel free to drop us an email at hi@twitrpix.com.

New Update of TwitrPix for iPhone/iPad Released

Here at TwitrPix HQ, we’ve been hard at work listening to our community. The next evolution — mobile. We’ve optimized our site for desktop and mobile (phones and tablet), the next frontier for us was mobile sharing. We thought long and hard about what people did when they shared a photo. We listened to your feedback. We found that users typically take photos on the fly — at a concert, at a family event, with friends hanging out, etc. In order to do so, they needed a way to capture and share as quickly as possible.

We are pleased to announce the release of TwitrPix for iOS (version 1.5) — A native app that works equally well on almost any Apple device such as the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and iPad 2.

We started with improving the nearly instant-on camera. From the moment you start the app, you are immediately ready to capture a photo. On devices without a camera (ie. iPad), you can still select a photo from the camera roll. For the latest iPhone and iPad 2, you can easily select between the front or rear-facing camera. The quick access to capturing a photo is only the start.

Everyone loves filters. Giving the photo an old, aged, or unique look is more about personalizing the photo. So included is a set of 14 filters and effects so you can really make the photo your own. What makes TwitrPix for iOS unique is that you can preview thumbnails of your photos in all of the filters at once. You’re not presented with a set of canned thumbnails of someone else’s sample photo. You see your photo in every filter. Select a filter and we’ll show you the full size preview quickly.

Our last platform update included Aviary Feather, which allows users to fully edit their photos on our site.  To give users even more control, we partnered with Aviary again on the mobile side.  Now users have all of the powerful photo editing controls right there on their mobile phone including:

  • Crop
  • Rotate
  • Flip
  • Brightness
  • Contrast
  • Saturation
  • Colors
  • Redeye Removal
  • Stickers
  • Freehand drawing
  • Text effects
  • Whiten Teeth
  • Blemish Removal
  • Sharpen
  • and Blur

We’re really excited to have partnered with Aviary again to improve your mobile photo sharing experience.

As in the first release, all photos are saved to your phone’s internal storage. By doing so, you also have the ability to apply multiple effects to photos for a trully layered look. After sharing, you have the option of copying your photo URL so that you can paste it on any site, email it, share it on Facebook and more.

Download the free app now from the Apple App Store today.

Strips x TwitrPix

A great new iOS app just hit the Apple App store called “Strips.” It launches as new way to share photos using annotated photos chained together into “strips” similar to threads. TwitrPix has become the default Twitter photo sharing service for this exciting new app and we are thrilled to be part of the experience!

From the developer:

Strips is a new way to share thoughts and pictures, through the power of comics. Take a photo and Strips will convert it into a funny and customizable sketch for your strip. Create strips contests, compete, interact and share sketches with friends and strangers, all through the comics paradigm. Share your favorite strips with friends through the web, email and twitter.

Download the free app now.

TwitrPix + Aviary Photo Editing Goodness

As technology speeds us further and further ahead with mobile phones and digital cameras, our photos are getting better and better. And with instant sharing, we can now capture beautiful photos and share them with everyone using a few clicks.

However, the one thing we can’t seem to get away from is red eye, dark photos or realizing that Uncle John just screwed up an otherwise great photo of you and your bff with his rendition of John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever in the background. We now have a solution for you.

We at TwitrPix HQ understand that users need more control over the photos they share. Which is why we’re extremely excited to have partnered with Aviary and integrated the Aviary Feather editor for all TwitrPix users.

As of now, all TwitrPix users now have the ability to rotate, flip, resize, crop, remove redeye, adjust colors/brightness/contrast and much more on their photos. You can also mix and match effects and controls as much as you like. Don’t like a particular change? Simply click the undo button. With instant previews, you can see exactly how your photo will be modified.

Ready to get started? Simply log into TwitrPix, visit any of your photos and look for the Photo Tools panel. Click Photo Editor.

Once you’re done, just click “Save” and we’ll replace your original photo with the edited version. So the next time Uncle John relives dance moves of the past, you can crop him out and save your photos.

TwitrPix and Your Content

Recently, Twitpic made a change to their Terms of Service (ToS) that has apparently caused a great deal of confusion, distrust and chatter on the interwebs — what happens to your photos once its been uploaded to a hosting service. We think its a great opportunity for all users of any site in which they share media to be aware of their rights.

Our understanding from colleagues and articles written on the issue at New York Times, Mashable, TechCrunch, the Social Times and The Next Web is that by using our competitor’s site, you grant them permission to license your photos. On the surface, this may not seem like big issue. Or is it?

This change in their ToS basically allows them license the photos that you upload. In fact, by using their service you automatically gave them permission to do so. You do read a site’s Terms of Service before joining, don’t you? Most people don’t which is rather scary in this digital age. In order to monetize this broad permission you’ve granted them, our competitor has signed on an agency to represent them which you can read more about here. The thought process tends to revolve around celebrity photos, however, they have a blanket to license any photo from any user whenever they choose to.

See your photo in a magazine that you never authorized? Good luck. You’ve granted them permission to license your photos. There’s really not much you can do. From what we understand, part of their ToS has a provision to allow them to keep a license for your photo in effect even after you delete it under certain cirumstances. Why? Its your photos. If you want to have it removed, they should comply completely, not partially.

“The agreements always make people nervous, but nothing was done with them,” Mr. Bailey said. “But for a company like Twitpic to come along and say that they can sell your photos, that’s unreasonable.” (Source: The New York Times)

In either case, this change in their terms of service affects celebrities, your friends, your family and everyone you know that use their service. We do not believe in spreading fear, uncertainty and doubt. But the implications are rather concerning. At the very least, please take this opportunity to read our TwitrPix – Terms of Service.

A representative for “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” said that Ms. DeGeneres, a regular Twitpic user, had not been consulted about the agreement. She added that Ms. DeGeneres would stop using the service. (Source: The New York Times)

We at TwitrPix HQ want to be extremely clear and transparent about how we deal with photo ownership, copyright and licensing. YOU ARE THE SOLE COPYRIGHT HOLDER AND OWNER. YOU ALLOW US TO DISTRIBUTE YOUR PHOTO AS PART OF OUR SERVICE. WE DO NOT LICENSE YOUR PHOTOS TO OTHER PARTIES.

We want to assure you that we will always be as upfront as possible with our users. It’s important for everyone to know that they do have rights and to understand what rights they provide to sites they use, ours included.

- The TwitrPix Team

Tweetlogix Adds TwitrPix Support

The folks over at Onloft Software has just released a pretty big update of their Tweetlogix for Twitter app (version 1.4.1) which now includes photo uploading and inline photo thumbnails for TwitrPix.

Tweetlogix makes using Twitter on your iPhone or iPod Touch better than ever. Its unique rich timeline offers inline image previews and tappable links. Tweet photos, videos, and music titles. Mute users, search nearby, follow lists, follow trends, and much more. All in a simple, fast, easy-to-navigate application.

Available for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, head over to the App Store and check it out.

New Feature: Webcam Support

Here at TwitrPix HQ, we recognize that we have a very vibrant community of users from all of the world. We gratefully receive a lot of comments and feature requests and have made 2011 the year to expand our functionality.

Based on the feedback there’s been a growing need to being able to to just “share.” We’ve tackled that with the release of our Firefox addon last year — that wasn’t enough. With the adoption of Google Chrome, users have been asking for a Chrome version of the addon — we released that in January 2011. And to round off the major browsers, we have a Safari version waiting for approval. All three will help users share photos from any web site, whenever they wanted to. We’ve seen some interesting use cases.

However, one of the long-standing requests was the ability to take photos with a webcam. The general consensus was people wanted to share something they were doing immediately without having to upload the photo from somewhere else. Our favorite one involved the birth of a couple’s first child that just came home and they wanted to share it with their family on Twitter who couldn’t be there. True story. Yeah, that kind of pulled at our heart strings a bit. But it made perfect sense and there were a lot of cases similar to that.

With that being said, we pushed out a rather small but useful component today to include webcam support in TwitrPix. This new functionality helps anyone with a webcam, take a photo and immediately share the moment on Twitter. We’re really excited to see what people start capturing.

To use, simply head over to Upload A Photo and click the orange Use Webcam. Smile and take a photo.

We hope you enjoy it! And continue to send us feedback on @TwitrPix or at hi [at] twitrpix.com.