Twitter to supersize photos in your timeline

8 Dec 2015

Picture this: Twitter to allow uncropped photos plus larger and more beautiful photo displays in your timeline

Twitter has tweaked its web timeline so that photos will be uncropped. This means users won’t have to click on an image to view it in a pop-up window.

Following on the heels of the launch of autoplay video earlier this year and the Moments feature that gives you an instant snapshot of what’s happening on Twitter, the social media platform has beefed up its web timeline.

It says the intention is to make your timeline more immersive by uncropping photos to give the full visual impact.

The social network is also introducing larger, more beautiful multi-photo displays.

Live in the moment


“While Twitter began as an all-text platform, rich media has become essential to the experience,” said Akarshan Kumar, product manager at Twitter.

“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,” Akarshan said.


While the move certainly adds zing to the Twitter timeline, along with most of the web publishing world we’re still scratching our heads at the wisdom of Twitter’s decision in recent weeks to shutter the share count capability of its Tweet button on pages.

Why on earth would Twitter cede such an enormous advantage to rivals like Facebook?

Hopefully, Twitter has a trick up its sleeve on that front too.


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John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years