Tech Talk: With Filters, Foursquare and Features, The Twitter vs Instagram Fight Continues

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December 11, 2012 ‐ By Kimberly Maul

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A fight continues to brew between Twitter and Instagram with new strategies launched this week. On Monday, Twitter released updates to its iOS and Android mobile apps, now including its own photo filter and photo-editing features through Twitter Photos. Twitter now offers eight photo filters (to Instagram’s 18), auto-enhancement features for color and balance, and a birds-eye view, allowing users to see what their photo would look like with all of the filters at once.

Twitter posted a video about its updates on its blog:

Meanwhile, Instagram updated its iOS app, featuring a new, quicker camera, allowing for integration with foursquare and adding another filter called Willow. Android users will have to wait for most of the new features, but the Willow filter is available for Instagram Android users.

Everyone is snap happy with the photos these days. What are the features that you think are most important on a photo-sharing app? On Sunday, Instagram photos were no longer visible on Twitter. Twitter says that was an Instagram decision, made when it was acquired by Facebook for $1 billion earlier this year.

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