At present, one of the fastest growing Twitter trends is video messages. The great attraction is that it’s quick, more personal and allows you to convey more information more accurately for people who feel rather restricted by the 140 character limit.
And due to the relentless growth in the popularity of Twitter, this has been supported by an explosion in the number of Twitter enabled video sharing services.
Many of these services have been specifically designed to support Twitter video sharing, nearly all social networks allow you to tweet out your content and several well-established video sharing sites have added Twitter functionality to their box of tricks.
However, due to the sheer number of options, it can take a long time to work out the best service to meet your needs. So here is a quick summary of the different services that will allow you to share video using Twitter.
At the time of writing, there are a large number of Twitter video services but none of these services dominate their market. However, as these services reach agreements with leading Twitter clients such as Tweetdeck, Twhirl and Seesmic Desktop a few of them will achieve much greater recognition and develop a significant number of users.
TwitVid, which is one of the leading Twitter video sites, hopes to emulate the success of TwitPic, both in terms of publicity and user base.
And thanks to the ease of use, Twitvid has every chance of achieving these objectives. Just login using your Twitter details, select the video file that you want to upload, add a short message of up to 117 characters (the remaining 23 characters are used to post the link to your video) and click the tweet button.
You can also upload your videos to TwitVid using email, your mobile phone or straight from your webcam.
One of the major advantages of this service is the file size limit, which allows you to upload up to 1 GB or 20 minutes of video.
TwitVid extends the social element of the service by allowing you to retweet, share and reply to videos direct from the site.
If you want a high quality professional application to showcase your video on Twitter, look no further than Twitc. This excellent site allows you to host and share both videos and photos in a wide range of different file types.
You can upload multiple files at the same time, use high resolution HD videos and perform all the regular activities such as searching, commenting and updating your Twitter status (whether or not you include a video). In addition to uploading your own content directly, you can also import videos direct from a website address, which means you can use videos from YouTube and any other video sharing site.
However, all this extra functionality means that it takes longer to share your videos with the world. Before you can upload any content, you need to create an album. Then as you upload your videos you have to specify the album which will store your video. Once uploaded, you have to select the album and the appropriate video within the album then create your tweet.
Twitc takes a few moments longer to use, but if you’re looking for professional results, it’s the best option.
Although the Twiddeo site looks rather plain, it provides all the basic video sharing functions. You can upload your video using the web, email or record it live using your webcam.
The site also allows you to comment on other videos using the Disqus platform and view all of the videos shared by every user.
However, there is one aspect of this service that deserves special credit. If you use the FireFox browser (and we always recommend that you do), there’s a neat greasemonkey script [http://beta.twiddeo.com/tools] that allows you to play Twiddeo videos from your Twitter profile.
Tweetube is a service that has gradually evolved from a simple device to share YouTube videos into a complete video hosting and sharing service. Tweetube now offers multiple photo uploads using the web or email, commenting, webcam uploading and multiple link sharing. However, webcam videos are limited to 25 seconds in length and the only other way to share videos through your Twitter account is using a YouTube url.
TwitLens covers Twitter based video and photo sharing. It also allows multiple uploads, mobile uploads and commenting. Videos are limited to a maximum file size of 50mb which is the equivalent of a few minutes depending upon the level of video quality used.
There are three features that make Twitlens stand out from the rest of the competition. First, it makes use of the Twitter OAuth system which means you can login to this site using your Twitter details without worrying that the security of your account will be compromised. Second, you can upload videos anonymously (well, as anonymously as the internet allows), which will attract numerous embarrassing videos and a few in the public interest.
Third, Twitlens provides a great way to notify specific people about your latest video. Once you’ve uploaded your content, just select the Twitter usernames that you want to inform and they will receive a tweet from you about your new post.
Bubble Tweet is a really smart looking site that allows you to record or upload a short video of up to 30 seconds. When people click on your Bubble Tweet page your regular Twitter profile will appear followed by a circular video bubble that will play your welcome message. This is a really fun way to introduce yourself to new followers and begin to build a relationship in a way that’s impossible with traditional text.
Twibeo allows you to connect with your friends through the exchange of photos, videos, links, and posts up to 500 characters long.
VidTweeter is an easy to use service that allows you to display videos from YouTube, Hulu, Metacafe, Vimeo and DailyMotion. Just enter your Twitter username, select the service you want to play a video from, enter the video url and it will give you a link to tweet out to your followers. When they click the link, they will see your Twitter page with the video of your choice floating in front.
12 Seconds remains true to the original idea behind Twitter by allowing you to share video message of up to 12 seconds in length.
Status Adder allows you to update your Twitter account with text, pictures or video from your mobile phone.
MobyPicture offers a complete service that allows you to update all your social networks, including Twitter, Facebook, Wordpress, Flickr with text, photos, audio and video. You can use the web, email, desktop clients or your cell phone.
TinyCast is quick and easy to use. Just record audio or video from your webcam then post it direct to your Twitter account.
Tinyvid.io allows you to share your favorite videos on Twitter. Just paste the video url, comment on it, then post it to your Twitter account.