Twitter announced five new content partners on Monday that bring more multimedia and video content into its recently overhauled Web site, furthering the company's march away from simply coughing up streams of 140-character messages. The latest arrivals on Twitter.com are videos from syndication platform Blip.tv, hipster-filtered photos from trendy iPhone app Instagram, full-length streaming songs from Rdio, presentations from Slideshare, and works from artist community site Dipdive.
So what does this mean? When you click on a link in a tweet that you see in your stream on Twitter.com, if it comes from one of Twitter's content partners, a specialized widget will pop up in lieu of a separate link.
The number of content partners Twitter currently offers is at around 20 and continues to grow. Last month, Twitter integrated iTunes' Ping service into its Web client to provide song previews and links to purchase music.
It's all been part of a massive operation to make the Twitter.com site a bigger draw for users, many of whom had opted to use third-party desktop and Web clients instead of the more basic original Web site. Some of its moves have been controversial as Twitter itself cuts into the territory of some of the developer applications that its open-ended API facilitated in the first place.