yfrog

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yfrog
Yfrog logo.png
URLhttp://yfrog.com
SloganJoin the Conversation
Type of siteImage sharing
RegistrationRequired
Available language(s)English
LaunchedFebruary 2009[1]
Alexa ranknegative increase 1,663 (February 2013)[2]
Current statusOnline
 
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yfrog
Yfrog logo.png
URLhttp://yfrog.com
SloganJoin the Conversation
Type of siteImage sharing
RegistrationRequired
Available language(s)English
LaunchedFebruary 2009[1]
Alexa ranknegative increase 1,663 (February 2013)[2]
Current statusOnline

yfrog is an image hosting service run by ImageShack. It has many things in common with ImageShack, and is designed primarily to allow users to share their photographs and videos as links on the Twitter microblogging platform.

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History and features

Yfrog was launched in February 2009.[1] The name yfrog is based on "yellow frog", which is the logo of ImageShack. The original yfrog logo featured a yellow frog, but in May 2011 was changed to a circle of six speech balloons in different colors.[3]

Images and videos can be uploaded to yfrog via the website interface, or by email. The URLs of yfrog links are shorter than on ImageShack (e.g. http://yfrog.com/1upend), in order to fit within the 140 characters limit of a tweet. The yfrog website is optimized for mobile viewing, and aims to capture a market similar to TwitPic's.[4][5] As of October 2010, 25 applications support the yfrog upload API, including the official Twitter for iPhone app, TweetDeck, Seesmic, Twitterific, and Twittelator.[6]

Yfrog has approximately 29% of the Twitter photo sharing market.[5][7]

2011 Anthony Weiner controversy

In June 2011, yfrog was involved in the controversy surrounding the posting of photograph showing a man in gray boxer briefs with an erect penis. The image was posted on the yfrog and Twitter accounts of Anthony Weiner, the former U.S. Congressman for New York's 9th congressional district. Weiner initially denied posting the image and claimed that he had been hacked as a prank. At a press conference on June 6, 2011, Weiner admitted that the image was of him and that he had posted it by mistake, believing it to be a private message to one of his Twitter followers.[8]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Wauters, Robin (February 18, 2009). "ImageShack Launches Mediocre TwitPic Alternative". The Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/19/AR2009021900369.html. Retrieved June 8, 2011.
  2. ^ "Yfrog.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/yfrog.com. Retrieved 2013-02-03.
  3. ^ Frog Loses Battle to Speech Bubbles Brand New, May 17, 2011.
  4. ^ "Example of yfrog mobile viewing". http://img516.imageshack.us/img516/9045/83926833cm3.jpg. Retrieved 2012-09-06.
  5. ^ a b "A Snapshot Of Photo-Sharing Market Share On Twitter". TechCrunch. June 2, 2011. http://techcrunch.com/2011/06/02/a-snapshot-of-photo-sharing-market-share-on-twitter. Retrieved June 8, 2011.
  6. ^ http://yfrog.com/partners.php - yfrog Partners
  7. ^ "How People Currently Share Pictures On Twitter". Sysomos. June 2, 2011. http://blog.sysomos.com/2011/06/02/how-people-currently-share-pictures-on-twitter/. Retrieved June 8, 2011.
  8. ^ Transcript of Weiner's Statement Confessing to Twitter Photo, Past Relationships June 7, 2011. Retrieved June 8, 2011.

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