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In the Fight Against Instagram, Twitter Fires Back with New Filters

December 11, 2012

By Gilbert Falso :: 1:01 AM

First Twitter cut off access to find your Twitter friends on Instagram. Then, Instagram yanked support for Twitter’s Cards feature to see previews of Instagram photos in Twitter streams. Now, Twitter has struck back at Facebook-owned Instagram by introducing some new photo features of its own.

Tonight, Twitter announced the release of new features that will allow users to be able to edit and touch up their photos, right from within Twitter applications. New versions of the Twitter app for iPhone and Android now have image editing capabilities as well as Instagram-like photo filters.

According to Twitter’s blog entry, users can now take the following actions with their photos:

  • Apply one of eight filters, ranging from black & white to vintage
  • Preview how each filter would affect photos across a single grid view
  • Crop and zoom into a specific area on a photo
  • Adjust light and colors.

Twitter’s blog explained, “Every day, millions of people come to Twitter to connect with the things they care about and find out what’s happening around the world. As one of the most compelling forms of self-expression, photos have long been an important part of these experiences.”