Just a few days after Instagram disabled its functions on the microblogging site; Twitter introduced the ability to add color filters to user-uploaded photos, a step that sharpened its budding rivalry. Its new features are powered by Aviary, a New York-based company that develops image-editing software for photo-sharing platforms like Flickr, among others. The new apps offer eight filters, including Black and White, Warm, Cool, Vintage, Cinematic, and Happy. The filters’ effects can be viewed before being applied to an image using both grid and swiping views. Images can be “auto-enhanced” using a color and light balancing tool, and can be cropped using the new “Crop” tool.
Twitter’s new photo effects will be incorporated as part of an update to the Twitter’s iPhone and Android apps, available beginning Monday.