Twitter announced that it will be displaying larger and uncropped photos to provide a richer photo experience. The move is another in a string of Twitter efforts to shift beyond its text-based beginnings into a multimedia platform.
“While Twitter began as an all-text platform, rich media has become essential to the experience. Some of the best moments on Twitter are when you see the world through someone else’s eyes. Astronaut Scott Kelly’s awe-inspiring #YearInSpace, actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus onstage at the Emmys, Brian Dickinson’s solo summit of Mt. Everest — these photos bring us right into the moment.”
“Starting today, we’re making your twitter.com timeline more immersive by uncropping photos, so you can experience and present them as they were meant to be viewed.”
Photos displayed in full on the timeline
Previously twitter cropped photos on the timeline when someone posted it in order to present a more uniform user interface and experience. But a lot of people found it annoying as they couldn’t see the photo the way it was meant to be viewed. Twitter has now addressed this issue by posting the photos in the same size as they were when you originally snapped them – for the most part. Now square and landscape photos will display fully in feeds, instead of requiring a click to see the entire image.
More beautiful multi-photo displays
In addition to individual photos, Twitter is also tweaking the way tweets with multiple photos appear. Now, the photos are larger in size and are displayed in varying sizes within the preview box. Which means instead of seeing multiple cropped images in an evenly-spaced grid, the tweet will present the first image as larger than the rest, with smaller thumbnails for the others.
It’s a good news for people who post a lot of photos and they no longer will have to worry about re-cropping images that appear oddly on Twitter.