Top Nav Review : Twitter Photo, Video, Audio and Document Sharing

tweet_logoThe idea behind is that it’s so simple that it doesn’t even need an explanation. Visit and you’ll see what I mean. The only instructions you get are “tweet it out” and a button to Sign in with Twitter.  Of course, if you’re already familiar with—the very, very groovy that we’ve reviewed previously—then you should already know what (pronounced tweet-ee-oh) is going to be about.

It’s a platform that lets you upload pictures, video, audio, documents and more for quick and easy sharing via Twitter.  Like with, you’re given a unique, shareable URL as well as an embed code for each file you upload and share. And because links up with your Twitter account, all of your shareables and comments are fed right into Twitter. Check out the screenshots below to see it in action.

As I mentioned, the homepage is very barebones. There’s no help, no FAQ, no “About Us” and thankfully, no registration required. Just Click Sign in with Twitter to authorize to connect with your Twitter account and you’re ready to roll. (Oh, also, you can click on the icons on the front page to see recently uploaded media, but I really, really don’t recommend doing so. This content goes live instantly, meaning it’s completely unfiltered and unmoderated. So unless you want to see some really nasty naked people doing really nasty things to other nasty naked people, just steer clear of the uploaded content from the community.) (Update:The link to user uploaded content has since been removed from the main page.) Twitter File Sharing Review

You’ll get the standard warning from Twitter and, if you’re not logged in already, you’ll be prompted to enter your username and password. Click Allow to continue.

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After authorizing, you’ll be brought to your profile, which, again, is totally barebones. review

The media upload form is meant to be self-explanatory, but it isn’t really. Maybe it’s just too early in the morning for me, but I had no clue what the Url field was for at first. It turns out that you can add files to your account either by uploading them from your computer or by copying and pasting a URL from the web. So, if you upload a file, don’t fill out the Url form. If you link an image from the web with the Url field, don’t upload a file. The text that you enter into the Note field will be tweeted out along with a link to the file after you upload and will serve as a description. Twitter File Sharing Review

After you upload, it automatically gets tweeted out. Oddly, it doesn’t always add a space after your note and the URL. With the New Twitter interface, this causes it to not be clickable, but with TweetDeck and other clients, it’s fine. Just something to keep in mind—you might want to manually add a space at the end of your note until this issue gets cleaned up. Twitter File Sharing Review

When users click on your link, they’ll be taken to the file within, where they can view it or play it in the embedded player. There’s also a comment box—comments are both tweeted as @ replies and appended to the file’s page. You can also see how many views your item has received. Twitter File Sharing Review

Back on your profile page, you can see a summary of all of your uploaded files. Also, after your first upload, you’ll be given a mobile input email. This allows you to email attachments to your account. When you do so, they’ll be automatically uploaded and posted to Twitter. However, there’s a serious issue with this—your mobile input email is in no way unique. It’s just your Twitter username Nor is there any kind of approval holding stage for mobile uploads. That means anyone who knows you have a account and has your Twitter handle can upload crap to your and tweet it out. That’s kind of un-groovy.

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I gave it a whirl with all the media types I could think of and it all works fairly well. You can upload pictures, videos, audio, documents, text documents and practically anything else and it’ll be hosted and ready to share and download. You can even embed it from, if you’d like. Here’s an example from my test video using the embed code that gives you:

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Oops, just kidding–looks like the embed doesn’t quite work with some WordPress installations yet. Hmm… If only there was some kind of help or support page to get this figured out…

Bottom line

So, that’s in a nutshell. And in spite of how hands down groovy is, I’m afraid that I can’t really recommend at this point—especially when , such as Twitrpix, yfrog and TweetPhoto exist. Here’s what I’m not really liking about so far:

  • Extremely exploitable mobile input email.
  • Not as intuitive as its bare bones interface strives to be. Maybe a FAQ or a couple help texts would’ve been nice.
  • Commenting is a little bit wonky—it asks you to log in with Twitter to leave a comment, but once you do, it just brings you to your own page, rather than posting a comment. Kind of clunky.
  • Shareable link is quite lengthy. You’d probably end up needing to shorten it with or anyway.
  • Copious grainy amateur smut uploaded by other users burned out my retinas without warning. (“Won’t someone please think of the children!!??”)

That’s my first impression. Lots of kinks to work out before I’d feel comfortable using this service on a regular basis. It feels more like a beta right now. But I’d still be interested in seeing this after some improvements have been made. But until then, I’m doing the following: Twitter File Sharing Review

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3 Responses to Review : Twitter Photo, Video, Audio and Document Sharing

  1. Peter Frasca September 30, 2010 at 12:13 pm #

    Hey Jack,

    Thanks for the awesome write-up and sorry about the inappropriate content linked from the homepage. We’ve taken it down and have removed that feature for the time being as to keep that from happening again.

    Peter Frasca
    Community Manager, Vox Populi

    • groovinJackman September 30, 2010 at 12:18 pm #

      Hi Peter – Thanks for reading! Looking forward to the revamped Will definitely update the review once I get a chance to give it a whirl.


  2. af October 1, 2010 at 9:50 am # its rubbish, not user friendly in the slightist, if you upload several files you have to download them 1 at a time, which involves clciking 5 times and scrolling to download buttons. they must have bitten yahoo’s arm off when they offered to buy the company out. I could make a better site out of an old dell 440bx
    just as well they are hiring maybe 2 peoples not enough. it was a complete waste of my time 3 hours to uploadand acomplete nightmare to download. yahoo should take it down from there apps list until it has some use.

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