May 23rd, 2009 | by Jennifer Van Grove
It’s safe to say that none of the available options have hit critical mass yet, but you can bet the major desktop clients, like TweetDeck () and Seesmic Desktop () (which just keeps getting better), are paying special attention to the most popular video sharing apps for Twitter. The end game for these services is to get integrated into the most popular Twitter clients, where they’ll no doubt gain immediate exposure and new users.
Let’s face it: there’s yet to be a single video sharing site for Twitter that’s managed to attract the same level of attention or substantial user base as TwitPic has done for the photo sharing world. Hoping to capitalize on this, is TwitVid, a new Twitter video sharing site that supports upload via Web, email to email@example.com, and eventually webcam.
The site is crazy simple to use: just log in with your Twitter credentials, choose your video file (up to 1 GB or 20 mins), enter 117 characters or less, and hit the tweet button. That’s all there is to it.
If TwitVid is trying to become the TwitPic of video, then it’s certainly taking the right steps. TwitVid displays all the tweets that mention a particular video on Twitter right on the video page, something that TwitPic can’t match. You can also retweet, share, like, and reply to videos on site.
When it comes to sharing videos on Twitter, Twiddeo’s certainly a viable option, as long as you’re not the type to judge a book by its cover. The aesthetically unappealing site comes with the basics for Twitter video sharing, so you can upload, email, or record (via webcam) your videos for instant sharing with your Twitter network.
If you’re looking for a one-stop shop for sharing photos, videos, and a myriad of different file types with Twitter, then Twitc’s multipurpose hosting service could be just what the doctor ordered. Not only can you upload your own content — multiple files at a time — but you can also import videos via URLs, so YouTube () and Hulu () videos are all fair game.
What you get in extra features from Twitc comes with a cost. It takes more than just a few steps to actually tweet a video (and any other content you want to share). Before uploading content, you’ll need to create and name your albums (which are like folders). Then while you’re uploading or adding content, you can specify the appropriate album. Finally, you can return to your albums to select the appropriate video or image, and then click to push out to your Twitter stream.
Twitc is not the most immediate way to share videos with Twitter, but it does come with some extras that might make the additional steps worthwhile. With Twitc, not only can you update your Twitter status (no video or image required), but you can search, comment, favorite, and check out the most viewed, highest rated, or just plain random content on the site.
twitLENS is another dual purpose tool that handles both video and image sharing via Twitter. This beta site supports multiple uploads at one time, videos up to 50 MB, mobile uploads, comments, and even anonymous uploads.
There are two things we love about twitLENS. First, it’s the only app on this list that’s actually supporting Twitter OAuth for secure login. Second, it’s super easy to tag people in photos and videos using their Twitter names. To accomplish the latter, just upload your content, and then return to your profile to access the photo or video and tag away. Those tagged will get tweets from you (so use this wisely) notifying them that they’re staring in your rich media content on twitLENS.
Tweetube started out as a way to share YouTube videos, then the service expanded to include Tweetube for Mac OSX, a desktop application for creating video via webcam to share with Twitter. Tweetube then hosts the videos and even allows for comments. Most recently, Tweetube added support for multiple photo uploads by web or email, and multiple link sharing.
Even with the updates, the only way to share video with Twitter is by YouTube URL or desktop webcam recordings, which happen to be limited to 25 seconds in length. Still, we like what Tweetube’s doing. If they continue to evolve their product, it could be a great way to share videos with your Twitter friends.