This Week in Twitter [Updated]

It’s been a big week for twitter, with some official (an unofficial) announcements:

  1. Yesterday, the introduction of the official Follow button (which you can conveniently try out in my footer).  This is iFramed out, just like the Tweet button, which allows for more information to be displayed — in this case, the number of followers.

    As an aside, I’ll be writing a post at the end of the week about how to make these iFramed buttons work correctly on AJAXed sites

  2. Today, we got the official announcement of native photo support and revamped search, active now on and coming soon to devices. This sparked an interesting debate I stumbled upon regarding the archiving process of tweets and their accessibility in search (quick summary: they’re not there, because it’s too hard right now, but maybe they will be there sometime):
  3. Along the lines of the twitter photo integration, there have been rumors floating around this week that twitter functionality will be fully baked into iOS5, bringing its social media sharing capibilities more inline with what we see in Windows Phone 7 or HP’s WebOS.

Whichever way it goes with iOS integration, it’s nice to see twitter taking hold of its own platform.

Update 6/2/2011: ArsTechnica puts the new Follow button to good use on the Twitter page on their site