One of the best and most popular 3rd party apps for Twitter is TwitPic, the top service for sharing pictures via Twitter and Twitter apps such as Tweetie. Twitpic and its competitors (most notably Yfrog) have created a new photography-sharing ecosystem that connects friends and shares our best moments visually.
You haven’t experienced Twitter or Twitpics though if you haven’t seem them fly across your screen in realtime. It’s fascinating to see the people, experiences, and tweets that comprise the Twitterverse, and interestingly enough, there are a handful of tools dedicated to doing just that. So prepare for a visual odyssey as we highlight four tools for tracking TwitPics in realtime:
We like the fact that Pingwire was created by a sleepless coder in about 40 minutes. The result is a simple but effective website for seeing TwitPics uploaded in real-time. In fact, Pingwire became so popular so quickly that it took down TwitPic, so now it is displaying Yfrog images until the issue is fixed.
Similar in functironality, Twitcaps displays the most recent images on Twitter, though it comes with a few extra options, including the ability to stop auto-refresh, organizing pics by the most popular, viewing both Yfrog and Twitpics at the same time, and finally, being able to see the tweet and user associated with the picture when you hover over any image.
Picfog brands itself as realtime image search. Searching for Mashable turns up mostly relevant results and displays not only how long ago the image was uploaded, but how many retweets the image has received. A very useful visual stream.
Is Twicsy technically realtime? No. Is it very useful for finding the most recent Twitpics based on popularity and search keywords? Yes. You can even login via Oauth and tweet out pics you find.
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