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Twitter Kills Rival Image Services From Its Apps (And The New Profile Cover Photos Really Suck)

With its latest update (and as we speculated yesterday), Twitter has removed all third party image services – which includes yFrog, Twitpic, Mobypicture, Twitgoo, img.ly and Posterous – from the latest update of its official apps for iPhone, iPad and Android.

As of right now, the only image service option you have with one of these official Twitter apps is Twitter’s own internal photo sharer, which is another step in the micro-blogging firm’s planned journey to an all-consuming media empire powerhouse. After all, ads on external photo services don’t pay those mounting server bills.

You’ll have your own views on this. I rarely upload photos using Twitter so it’s no big deal to me. However, what is a big deal is how my profile page looks, and this new update from Twitter has also unveiled Facebook-like profile cover photos… except they’re utterly, utterly hideous.

I mean, check it out.

My choice of cover – sorry, ‘header’ – photo is, of course, Tom’s Restaurant in NYC, aka Monk’s Restaurant from Seinfeld. It’s a photo I took whilst visiting New York last year. The issue isn’t my choice of image – it’s the same picture I use on Facebook, where it looks like this.

You see the difference? Yeah – the one on Twitter looks totally lame in comparison. I mean, the decision to stick the ‘cover’ photo right-aligned in a small box is bad enough, but which design guru okayed putting the biography text over the top? And making it CENTERED?

And the worst part? Your cover photo, as per your avatar previously, will be used throughout all the official Twitter apps.

It’s awful. Really, really awful.

Come on Twitter. If you want to rule the world you’re going to have to do a lot better than this.

(Skull image via Shutterstock.)

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