Some great news for photographers with large followings on Twitter today.
After a couple of months of testing, the world’s largest soapbox is now enabling full-size image resolution in mobile user feeds. Of course, if you’re wondering why it has taken this long, you’re not the only person but we might have an explanation.
And it all has to do with data.
Obviously, larger image file sizes will require more data to view and that’s apparently why Twitter has not implemented the feature yet. In fact, you’ll have to manually trigger it in the settings once you have installed the update on your Apple iOS or Android-based device.
As Twitter tweeted in the post announcing the feature going live as part of an update:
“Time to Tweet those high res pics –– the option to upload and view 4K images on Android and iOS is now available for everyone.
To start uploading and viewing images in 4K, update your high-quality image preferences in “Data usage” settings.”
What makes this update so interesting is that it took this long to come out from such a major competitor to Facebook. No one really looks at Twitter as a competitor to Instagram but maybe that will change. What further makes this an intriguing pivot for Twitter is the ample evidence that the audio/video craze on social media platforms isn’t going away any time soon so who knows what the future holds for Jack Dorsey and company.
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