Twitter founder quashes video rumours

13 10 2009

Biz Stone, Twitter’s co-founder, has quashed rumours that the microblogging service may add video functionality to the service.

biz stone: twitter founder quashes video rumours

Biz Stone, Twitter’s co-founder, has confirmed the service will continue as normal and there are no plans to host video. Photo: AFP/GETTY IMAGES

In an email to technology website, Mashable, Mr Stone said: “[There will be] no video hosting. 140 characters of text including spaces. You know the drill.”

It had been widely speculated that the founders were considering adding video to the service, which would have allowed Twitterusers to upload brief video snippets to their profiles directly from mobile phones, laptops and other devices.

However, the move would have been likely to cause controversy among the developer community, with other third party video applications, such as Twiddeo and Tweetube, already offering a similar functionality.

According to Mashable, if Twitter was to duplicate the functionality of existing apps, it could risk undermining the trust of developers who invest heavily in creating applications for the service.

It had been thought that the founders were considering adding video functionality in order to help boost its popularity again after high-profile celebrity tweeters, Lily Allen and Hannah Montana actress Miley Cyrus, recently snubbed the site by closing their Twitter accounts.

The site has yet to make a profit or find a way of making money but has been valued at £603m. Twitter has 54 million users around the world every month.

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