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After unveiling the new service at the beginning of June, Twitter has now enabled photo uploads to its Photobucket-powered image and video host for all users of the service. Eventually both video and still images will be accepted, though for the moment this feature is limited to photos. After years of third-party image hosts like yfrog and twitpic taking up the slack, the new Twitter hosting service will link images directly to tweets with no need to leave Twitter in order to view any attachments.

It is thought the service is being readied for the release of Apple’s upcoming mobile operating system iOS5, which promises extensive Twitter integration. So far there has been no word as to when the official mobile applications (for any platform, iOS or otherwise) will receive the update.

To use the new service simply compose a new tweet then click the camera icon next to the update box. A window will open in which you should locate the file you wish to upload, hit OK and send your update. The image will appear embedded below your Tweet.

Some have even gone as far as using the new image upload to circumvent Twitter’s own 140 character message limit by composing messages on paper and uploading the photograph. Twitter has other ideas on how the service will be used, which you can see in the video below.

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Have you used the new service? Looking forward to iOS5 integration? Is Twitter an important part of your daily tech digest? Answers in the comments box, below this post.

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