Twitter Retro Filters Coming Soon. This is What They Might Look Like

The mobile photo sharing wars are heating up, and two of the big players, Instagram and Twitter, are in the process of trading blows. Back in November, it came to light that Twitter is currently working to build Instagram-style retro filters into its smartphone apps. Instagram retaliated this week by announcing that its photos will soon no longer be embeddable on Twitter. The latest news now is that Twitter is trying to spoil Instagram’s holidays by pushing out its new filters by year’s end.

Mike Isaac over at AllThingsD is reporting that Twitter developers are rushing to release the fruits of their labor in time for the holiday season.

The goal is to take advantage of the jump in photos taken every time a holiday rolls around. It was widely reported back on Thanksgiving that Instagram hit new highs of user activity during Turkey Day, with more than 10 million Thanksgiving photos uploaded on that day (200 per second).

Working versions of the app are reportedly already in the wild being tested. Isaac notes that Twitter founder Jack Dorsey has been tweeting quite a retro-looking photographs as of late. He’s definitely not using his rival’s product, and it’s unlikely he’s just using Hipstamatic or some other app for fun.

Assuming Dorsey is one of the folks currently testing Twitter’s upcoming app, then his recent black-and-white photographs offer a first glimpse at what Twitter users may soon be publishing to the Internet.

Here are some other shots that Dorsey has uploaded over just the past week:

It was originally reported that Twitter’s offering will be focused on mimicking the look of much-loved film stocks, including 1960s Kodachrome. However, it makes sense that Dorsey is limiting his Tweets to a rather generic monochrome look. Anything else would be too obvious.

In case you haven’t been following the mobile photo wars as of late, here are a couple of other big moves that have happened recently: last month, Facebook quietly added retro filters to its main iOS app, and this past week, Google released Snapseed (a recent acquisition) for Android and made the iOS version free.

Grab your popcorn and fasten your seat belts — we’re about to see a royal rumble among major tech companies over filtered photo dominance.

Image credits: Photographs by Jack Dorsey/Twitter

  • Zach

    I feel that Instagram has too much a following to be impeded by Twitter. That isn’t to say that Twitter doesn’t have a large following (this is very obvious). Both are good for what they were built for and I think it will stay as so.

  • mowerko

    to try and take on instagram they should be coming out with a 35mm aspect ratio frame for their filters. why go square vs square? i’m tired of having to crop every pic into a square format… the least….they should provide the option of choosing the pictures dimension.

  • Dave

    So…..lousy Dmax and Dmin? SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!!!!

  • Pete

    Who cares?!? Bad photos are bad photos, add a filter and they’re still bad photos. Im lost, why is this on petapixel?

  • johnrite

    Does the world really need more retro filters? Isn’t that reaching the level of cliche yet? Why not give us something new and interesting?

  • Anthony Harrison

    Copies of VSCO cam?

  • bicz

    It’s awful. What makes people think that gray and white picture with no details is retro?

  • Go

    does anybody know whether Twitter going to release this for Blackberry?

  • delayedflight

    Hmm the filter does have a distinct similarity to VSCO Film’s Ilford Delta 3200 filter.

  • John R

    Call me old fashioned, but every single ‘retro filtered’ photograph that I’ve ever seen I instantly dismiss as garbage. There are some very unfortunate repercussions from the instant manipulated snap. I recently saw a colleagues new baby photos. Every single one had been through a filter. I asked ‘Do you have the originals?’ She replied “No, just these.”

  • Pedro

    The pictures looks great, would be very interesting. Since Instagram aquisition’s by Facebook the service has decline a lot, I’m getting tired of the amounts of spam and is a shame Facebook get rid from the past Instagram measures to avoid it.

  • monteraz

    It is much more easier to see a square format pic than a 35 mm aspect ratio in a smartphone.

  • Ralph Hightower

    I can do the same thing with Tri-X or TMAX!

  • Alan Dove

    Nice to see a tech gazillionaire who still takes the bus.

  • Antonio Carrasco

    yes, agreed

  • Antonio Carrasco

    Apparently twitter didn’t get the memo that retro photo filters are going out of style