Twitter Goes Toe-To-Toe With Instagram, Adds Photo Filters For Android And iPhone

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News Posted: Mon, Dec 10 2012 6:58 PM
Ever wanted to add a filter to your photo, but not through Instagram? Perhaps only on Twitter? Now, there's an app for that. As the photo wars heat amongst the big players in social networking, Twitter has updated its iOS and Android applications to feature eight new filters from Aviary. In other words, the new Twitter app will let you add effects right to your photos, without needing to first run it through Instagram or another third-party editing suite like Snapseed. Starting today, you’ll be able to edit and refine your photos, right from Twitter. The latest versions of Twitter for iPhone and Twitter for Android introduce a few new ways to enhance the images you tweet, but it's far from the kind of stuff that Instagram offers. The filter set here is pretty lousy, to be honest, but it's about on par for a first try. Each of them tends to detract from the actual resolution of the photo, making them look worse in the process.


That said, the new app is free to try, and you can always upload your original photo should you choose to bypass filters altogether.
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Dorkstar replied on Tue, Dec 11 2012 9:32 AM

Is this what we've come to?  Social media gang wars? 

 

Instagram: I'm not going to let you you show my pictures on your feed anymore!

Twitter: Oh yeah, well we don't need your filters anymore, we made an app of our own!

Instagram: yeah, well it sucks.

Twitter: Yeah... we hired the apple maps guy.

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RTietjens replied on Tue, Dec 11 2012 1:29 PM

Yeah, because filtering photos turns crappy photos into filtered crappy photos. And as a photographer, you still suck but your idiot friends will say, "Ooh!" and "Ahh!" because they're idiots.

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Dorkstar replied on Tue, Dec 11 2012 1:29 PM

RTietjens:

Yeah, because filtering photos turns crappy photos into filtered crappy photos. And as a photographer, you still suck but your idiot friends will say, "Ooh!" and "Ahh!" because they're idiots.

Haha, I can't agree more.  I don't understand why everyone thinks throwing a filter on a photo makes it look artsy.  It just looks like a picture of scrambled eggs taken in the 1950's man.

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OSunday replied on Tue, Dec 11 2012 7:48 PM

Gizmodo did a neat little comparison of the two here:

http://gizmodo.com/5967594/twitter-vs-instagram-ultimate-filter-battle-royale

The TL;DR for it is basically that all twitters filters are really simplistic (yeah they must've hired the Apple Maps guy) with filters that just make something cooler, or warmer, a couple contrast and saturation changes. Instagrams filters are still a little more dynamic and add more complex changes to pictures.

And although I'm not arguing that crappy photos with filtered make crappy filtered photos, their fun to use and can make some pictures look a lot better.

I'm not sure why Instagram pics would be compared to a photographers because it's obviously not something used professionally and isn't going to compare quality wise but it's purpose is to let people experiment a little with photography and enjoy it and I'm all for that even if the hipsteresque content that gets produced isn't the most visually attractive, what people do with their time and pictures is their business so we're not really in a position to judge.

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Now if only twitter could make it possible to log out of its android app. :-P

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