Images shared on Twitter will now be displayed in full on Twitter.com, rather than the auto-cropped versions that have been the default view until now.
Twitter is great for many things — communication, social movements, memes — but one thing it’s never excelled at is image sharing. Although your experience will vary depending on which app you use or browser plug-ins you may have active, the platform isn’t brilliant for photography.
“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,” explained Twitter’s product manager Akarshan Kumar in a blog post.
“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,” Kumar added.
The overhaul for pictures also affects mini-galleries, when users post multiple images in a single tweet. Previously, they would all be equally cropped into small previews. Going forward, the first image will get a larger, full-image display, with the rest also shown in full but shrunk down to thumbnail size — or, “larger, more beautiful multi-photo displays, which bring out more of each photo”, as Kumar puts it.
Visual content, both static and video, has been increasingly important on Twitter in recent years, particularly as it competes with entirely visual social platforms such as Snapchat, Instagram, and Vine. As a result, the company has pushed out several updates that make better use of rich media, most recently Moments, its tool for congregating wider discussion across Twitter into cohesive “stories”.
The update doesn’t seem to have been rolled out universally yet — plenty of images are still appearing in the old cropped format — and there’s no indication whether images already posted will be retroactively presented in the new manner if you scroll back through your feed. From now on though, it should at least mean WIRED’s Infoporn section will look better than ever — reason enough to embrace the change.