In yet another move that stands to put it in direct competition with the legions of third party developers that have become integral to its existence, Twitter is expected to launch a photo-sharing feature next week, according to a new report from TechCrunch.  

Since the site has no native photo integration, Twitter users have turned to third-party apps like TwitPic, yFrog and Lockerz (formerly Plixi) to attach photos to their tweets since practically its inception. It's not clear how a Twitter branded photo-sharing service would differ from current offerings, but obviously its status as a built-in solution could reasonably spell death for competing services. 

You'll remember Twitter lacked its own URL shortener and even iPhone app before introducing those relatively late in the game. The company recently bought-out the popular mobile app TweetDeck.

[TechCrunch via CNET]