Twitter improves the way photos are shown on its site

8 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Twitter Improves Photo-Sharing With Bigger Images, Better Layouts.

Photos on Twitter are about to get a lot better. Twitter is today revamping the way photos posted to its service will look, with a greater focus on a more media-heavy experience that now features uncropped photos and improved multi-photo displays.Doing so allows Twitter users to experience ‘the world through someone else’s eyes,’ the company says in the announcement, like the visual stories of astronaut Scott Kelly’s #YearInSpace or Brian Dickinson’s summit of Mt.

In an official blog post, the social network announced that it would no longer crop images, but would, instead, show uncropped images in both single and multi-photo tweets. “Starting today, we’re making your timeline more immersive by uncropping photos, so you can experience and present them as they were meant to be viewed,” says the post. The update, arguably a minor tweak in the grand scheme of things, is aimed at helping Twitter continue its transition from the text-based service it has been in the past to one that better supports rich media. It follows Twitter’s other recent moves to better highlight the media on its service, including the launch of visual media-focused “Moments” and autoplaying videos.

If you tweet multiple photos, you will now see a lead image, with your other photos displaying in consistent sizes on the right If you’re a hardcore text-only Twitter user, this change might rub you the wrong way. For Twitter, these pictures, which aren’t cropped in half, also means more engagement, as a bigger, beautiful picture is likely to capture more eyeballs, and standout out from the mundane tweets that can often flood timelines.

Twitter will also change the way it displays a tweet with more than one picture and will now show them in “multi-photo displays, which bring out more of each photo.” The style resembles a lot of how Facebook currently displays albums on its site. For less technical users or those who didn’t have the time to edit their images so they would appear correctly in Twitter’s truncated view, it meant their photo wouldn’t be presented properly. Twitter is not the only tech company thinking of how to better arrange multi-image posts – Facebook only days ago introduced its own take on media collages where users are able to resize each tile like they do in Instagram’s standalone app called Layout. The idea with these changes is to keep more users engaged on the social platform by highlighting the content they care about in more visually appealing ways.

Twitter’s announcement makes it sound like the update is live for everyone immediately, but not everyone is seeing the changes just yet, we’re hearing.

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