Twitpic for iPhone released, pulls 4 years of your photo-sharing history

Not that long time ago, Twitpic used to be the go-to service to post images to Twitter. This changed last year when the popular microblogging and social media service chose Photobucket as its hosting partner.

In a long overdue move, Twitpic yesterday released an iOS app that lets you edit and share photos in a snap. Though Twitpic still commands a respectable and loyal user base, it really comes a year too late.

The app arrives at a time when Instagrams and Facebooks of this world pretty much rule the social photo sharing landscape and it’ll be especially tough for them to compete with Facebook’s staggering $1 billion Instagram acquisition…

As is the norm with photo sharing apps, Twitpic for iPhone features built-in photo editing capabilities allowing you to “craft your perfect photo with simple editing tools and photo filters”. These include standard crop and brightness adjustments, but also filters akin to Instagram and Hipstamatic.

The app does one thing very well: upon authorizing Twitpic to use your iOS Twitter account, it’ll retrieve four years worth of your image-sharing history, including view counts, Twitter comments, captions and other meta data.

There’s also a handy Timeline view that lets you browse Twitpic images shared by your Twitter followers.

Despite these perks, it’s hard to say whether fans of Hipstamatic, Instagram and other popular photo sharing services will want to use Twitpic for iPhone.

It could be also that the team decided to launch their iOS app now in order to appease to Twitter, which wanted to buy Instagram.

Twitpic for iPhone is a free download right from the App Store.

Here, your release notes.

• Quickly and seamlessly share your photos and videos with all of your Twitter followers
• Edit your photos with beautiful filters and easy to use enhancement tools
• Browse your Twitter photo timeline with photos from people you follow in a beautiful interface
• Browse photos from the most popular Twitpic users
• Manage your Twitpic photos and videos in your own timeline

Founded in 2008 by Noah Everett, Twitpic has about 35 million users on third-party devices compared to Instagram’s 50 million users, and counting. Everett promised an Android app in the coming months as well.

Like most of you, I too used to post my images to social services via Twitpic. Nowadays, I use Twitter’s built-in Photobucket social sharing, in addition to Instagram, Facebook, Flickr and, occasionally, photo sharing pages via Camera+ for iPhone.

Are you excited about Twitpic for iPhone?