Say “Hello!” to bigger images and better video support on Twitter. Twitter has rolled out a host of new tweaks and enhancements this week and the focus is apparently on making the micro-blogging website look better.
Twitter stated that some of the changes were a part of its efforts to increase the emphasis on photos and videos embedded in tweets and featuring them prominently on timelines.
You can now click on an image thumbnail on a profile page to view the image right away, without having to be redirected to a new page. Clicking on a thumbnail will open a light-box on the same page, letting you scroll through the user’s image gallery with the tweets in context visible below. If you still want to see the image in a full window, all you need to do is click on the link that comes with the tweet.
Another tweak allows users to see more of a conversation on a single page than they could earlier. If you read a tweet that has more than one reply, you will be able to see a longer trail of related tweets replying to the original one.
The new light-box we're using to view old videos on the Tech2 page!
You will notice another new feature when looking through a gallery. Twitter has finally decided to embed videos into the gallery, making it easy to view videos posted in the past. This comes as a relief, as sifting through images in full-window mode sometimes took ages to load and was quite tedious. The new light-box is quick and easy to use.
Twitter has also added gallery view support for videos from YouTube, Vine and Vimeo. For those not in the know, Vine is Twitter’s newest pet project and allows users to shoot and embed short six-second videos within tweets. The videos appear as looping GIFs that can play sound as well. The app is currently available only for iOS devices.
Vine recently got into a bit of a spot thanks to some porn cropping up when users searched for videos using certain hashtags. The fiasco proved to be a major embarrassment to Apple, which has a ‘see-no-evil’ policy regarding pornographic content. While Apple removed the app from its featured list, it has kept mum about removing Vine from the store entirely.
Twitter has asked users to flag inappropriate content on Vine so that it can add a warning to offending videos. Clearly, the company has no intention of censoring these videos. The hurried move to include Vine videos in the gallery shows that Twitter is in no mood to abandon the platform.