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By Michael Krebs     Feb 1, 2014 in Business
In the ongoing social media competition between Twitter and Facebook for mobile users, advertisers, and investors, Twitter scored again this week.
Having been first in the short-form mobile video space with the release of its popular Vine service, Twitter (TWTR) announced further innovations to its mobile application earlier this week, focusing specifically on Facebook's popular photo-sharing Instagram product.
While Vine recently celebrated its one-year anniversary, Facebook (FB) took notice and updated its Instagram application to also include short-form video production and distribution tools.
On Monday, Twitter announced its intention to step into the photo-sharing space more directly, updating the Twitter mobile application to include photo editing and delivery tools.
"Now you can crop your photos by selecting an aspect, such as square or wide," Twitter stated in the announcement. "You can rotate an image before you share it to make sure it fits nicely in your Tweet. And when you upload a photo of people, you’ll see a reminder to @ mention your friends so they can see your photo too."
The update is specific to Android devices, and the micro-blogging service promises to soon feature the photo-sharing opportunity on iPhone applications as well.
Twitter also included a new trend surfacing element in the mobile application update, an innovation that TechCrunch believes is more compelling than the photo sharing capabilities.
The Twitter announcement comes during a week that saw a surge in both Facebook and Twitter stock prices after Facebook delivered solid revenues due to its mobile presence, as Value Walk reported on Friday.
Twitter is scheduled to announce its Q4 2013 earnings on Tuesday, February 5.
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