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Using Twitter like Instagram for photo sharing with the iPhone – TwitPic has an app for that

A bunch of us was wondering why Twitter didn’t do more for photo sharing on the mobile years ago. There was a couple outside apps produced but the twitter apps never did more than let you add a photo or access photos in tweets via three taps. When Instagram hit the market, we felt it was a sign we were right and Twitter lost that game.

Now, a free solution from TwitPic has showed up to help you take photos, do a bit of editing, then post to your twitter stream.

After you snap a photo, or import from your iPhone photo library, TwitPic provides a few filters and image editing tools. These are from the Aviary free tools collection that developers can embed in their apps. Not sure why the app doesn’t use the full offering from Aviary. When the image is as you like, ‘Done’ takes you to a screen to add your 140 characters then post for all to see on Twitter.

Photos that are posted to Twitter can be seen in a scrollable, arranged by either Timeline (folks your following) and Popular. TwitPic does crop the images in this view so you see just part of the whole. Thus, you have a limited view and still have a extra tap to see the full image. The ‘profile’ icon in the upper right corner takes you to view your profile, images you have posted and comments on those images.

Select a photo in the stream to see it full size. If you do nothing for a bit or tap the screen, the upper/lower info bars disappear for a unrestricted view of the image.

When viewing an image, you can see in the lower right corner how many people have commented on it. Tap that area to open up the comments to add your thoughts and read text from others. There is another oval in the upper right corner of the screen, selecting it does nothing. TwitPic is a bit of a head scratcher where so much is possible but looks rushed to get out the door. Some people will post it’s a clean interface, I’m sticking with my feeling that it’s half done.

Creating fun moving GIFs on the iPhone is back with the free Jittergram

“Oh, that is so fun, how did you do that?”

Years ago, everyone knew about moving GIFs. At the time, they either had to be tiny because of sending them to people or they were annoying because people used them all over Web sites. Then came photo sharing and high resolution video via our iPhones. Finally, what is old will be new, moving GIFs are back to be shared with friends and family.

It might be due to the vintage photos being popular right now that the less smooth stop motion effect of GIFs are also a bit vintage in feel.

Unlike the previous moving GIF app I covered (Create and Share moving GIFS on the iPhone – easy as 1, 2, 3, now with 2.5 option!), Jittergram has no special photo effects to age or filter the images. Instead, it offers onion skinning which makes the animations much easier to create. Previously, you have to hold the camera very still and remember about where the previous photo had been taken. With onion skinning, Jittergram shows a light version of the photo just taken so you can see how to align the next image. Take a couple, or many to build the little movie, er… moving GIF. Jittergram does 2 image jittering too if you see a need for that effect.

When done, share your Jittergram creations with friends via Twitter or in a email. You can also save to your iPhone’s photo library where it won’t show as moving (Apple limited) but can be moved to or used with your other iPhone apps. I found a 17 frame GIF was 400 pixels wide and about 2 megapixels in size. The moving GIF below was downsized to 300 pixels and is now 500k. OK… I need to get back to my iPhone, Jittergram and a car that needs to buzz around my desk more…