If you are a user of Twitter, you would have heard of this service named yFrog. It is one of the numerous web services which provided free image hosting for sharing through Twitter.
Then Twitter launched their own official photo sharing product and most of us switched to it. Twitter even removed all third party services from their own official apps (Except for TweetDeck).
But a lot of third party Twitter clients still use services like Twitpic and yFrog. Twitpic is largely tolerable but yFrog has been horrible since the beginning.
When you load an image page on yFrog, the website code ensures that the image itself loads in the very end. You get to see their layout full of ads and then after a couple of seconds, the image appears.
If that was not bad enough, I got this today:
You see? A transitional page before you can access the image. How creative!
I really wish third party apps like MetroTwit, Carbon and Falcon Pro would just remove yFrog as one of the supported third party image sharing services!
Most of the times it just does not work. I wish Twitter did not add so much delay to the redirection on t.co. It just adds to the frustration. I am sure thousands of hours are lost while people wait for t.co links to load on a daily basis globally.
People in India have moved on. Orkut is no longer relevant even here. Please replace the Orkut button with Twitter!
I have been a heavy user of mobile apps like Foursquare, Gowalla, PicPlz and Twitter. But Google Plus is changing all that. I have been posting photos on it. I have been checking-in on it. And I have been updating my status on it. I am pretty sure that people following me on Google+ are not amused. But what can I do. The mobile app is a fantastic piece of work and I am loving using it!
My unfortunate followers on Twitter would be happy though. They do not have to see any more of my insane updates on a daily basis now!
Update: One sad thing though… The picture quality of images uploaded by Google Plus mobile app is very low quality.
Update: I finally have the link shortening feature on Twitter.com!
Forget Google, even Twitter is slow in rolling out their latest features to my account.
I am not even talking about the photo sharing service that is currently available to a very small segment of their users. Twitter probably enabled it for tech bloggers and other high profile accounts.
I am yet to get their automatic link shortening feature on the web client. It is supposed to let me type a longer message converting regular links to t.co based links. Not working yet.
Update: Google +1 Button has launched. Click +1 above to +1 this post! DUH.
Starting tomorrow, you are likely to see a new shiny button on pretty much every webpage you visit.
Google is expected to launch their Google +1 button for web publishers later today. Google +1 is used as a major criterion for ranking on people who are connected to you.
This feature alone makes it a must have button on your webpages. Your link could have hundreds of tweets or Facebook Likes but in the longer run, you had like your web pages to rank better on Google search result pages.
I like Google +1 over the Twitter and Facebook sharing buttons for a simple reason… You can use it without worrying about bothering your friends and followers. Any link you +1 is going to be added to a list visible only to you on your Google profile. But it would not be pushed to your friends.
Sharing links on Facebook and Twitter could become annoying for your contacts. Share too many in a short duration and you are likely to get bombarded with complaints. Google +1 does not have that problem. It works as a passive recommendation tool. Your friends would get your +1 links in priority on their web searches. This is pretty cool.