OK, I tested it for you.

Post a tweet containing the URL of a Flickr image, you get the
preview.
Post a tweet containing the URL of your avatar on Twitter, no preview.

Keep searching, you find somewhere it's been mentioned the "media
partners" or some such.

On Nov 4, 3:20 pm, fxbois <fxb...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Any Twitter developper have a clue about this ... I ve searched a lot
> on the web have found nothing
>
> On Nov 3, 6:27 pm, "Ken D." <k...@cimas.ch> wrote:
>
> > Maybe I'm wrong, but doesn't it have to do with *where* the image is
> > hosted? I thought Twitter had a list of recognized rich content
> > websites, à la embed.ly.
>
> > On 3 Nov, 18:09, Edward Hotchkiss <edw...@edwardhotchkiss.com> wrote:
>
> > > YOU NEED TO HOST THE IMAGE SOMEWHERE ELSE. Once you upload it  
> > > somewhere else and have a link to it, there is your preview.
>
> > > Best,
>
> > > --------------
> > > Edward H. 
> > > Hotchkisshttp://www.edwardhotchkiss.com/http://www.twitter.com/edwardhotchkiss/
> > > --------------
>
> > >  edward.png
> > > 3KViewDownload
>
> > > On Nov 3, 2010, at 4:20 AM, fxbois wrote:
>
> > > > Hi
>
> > > > thanks for your response.
>
> > > > I've tried to include in a tweet the url of an image but I don't have
> > > > the image preview when I click on the tweet and I don't have the
> > > > little picto (top right corner) that shows that the tweet includes an
> > > > image.
>
> > > > I there anything I miss ? Isn't there any hidden param to the
> > > > "publish" method ?
>
> > > > On Nov 2, 7:30 pm, Edward Hotchkiss <edw...@edwardhotchkiss.com>
> > > > wrote:
> > > >> No, because it needs to be hosted somewhere else. It's just a
> > > >> shortened link to the pic. You can roll your own.
>
> > > >> Best,
>
> > > >> --------------
> > > >> Edward H. 
> > > >> Hotchkisshttp://www.edwardhotchkiss.com/http://www.twitter.com/edwardhotchkiss/
> > > >> --------------
>
> > > >>  edward.png
> > > >> 3KViewDownload
>
> > > >> On Nov 2, 2010, at 6:12 AM, fxbois wrote:
>
> > > >>> Hi,
>
> > > >>> is there any API that can be used to insert an image in a tweet. I
> > > >>> know that I can use external services like twitpic but I would  
> > > >>> prefer
> > > >>> to use an internal twitter API if it exists.
>
> > > >>> Thanks in advance
>
> > > >>> Fx
>
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