While Instagram keeps iterating and improving upon its formula, Twitter is pretty much playing a game of catchup as far as digital media is concerned.
And while the former made big waves when they announced that there would be less of a focus on photography in the future, Twitter is seemingly going out of its way to win over our cohort.
So what are they up to now?
Twitter is beta testing an edge-to-edge display format for photos and videos on iOS devices with, we assume, an eye towards rolling this out across all of its platforms. In terms of improving the user experience when viewing photos and videos on Twitter, this is a pretty big step for them.
@TwitterSupport announced the beta in a tweet reading,
“Now testing on iOS:
Edge to edge Tweets that span the width of the timeline so your photos, GIFs, and videos can have more room to shine.”
Another thing that caught our eye about this announcement is the inclusion of GIFs in this test. As many of you have probably noticed when you stroll through any Facebook comments section, GIFs are a pretty popular means of expression for many users. Adding stuff like this goes a long way towards making it a better place in general for users but especially those of us that love to express ourselves via digital media.
Again, it bears repeating that all of this is a test right now and it’s only on iOS but, going by past experience, we think we’ll see it applied more broadly in the near future.
Do you use Twitter for your photography? What do you think of these changes Twitter is making to how it serves up photographs and video? Let us know in the comments.
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