Twitter has a growth problem. And part of that problem is that users find the service both confusing and somewhat limiting. Yesterday, the company announced a major update that should partly resolve this issue, certainly when it comes to image sharing on your mobile phone.
As of now, users of Twitter’s iPhone and Android apps can attached up to four photos in a single tweet – previously the limit was a single image. Upload the pics and Twitter will convert them into a collage – which, importantly, is stored in a single pic.twitter.com URL, saving valuable character space – and you simply tap on any image to see it at full size. From there, you can swipe through the rest of the images.
This is good stuff, but Twitter has also, for the first time, provided tagging functionality with photos. You can tag up to 10 people in a photo and – again, here’s the important part – it doesn’t use up ANY of your tweet characters. Yep, tagging is free.
This is a big update from Twitter and hints at the change in direction for the company I wrote about last week. The tagging feature is particularly interesting, if only because they’ve introduced functionality outside of the 140 character limitations of the tweet, which evidently are increasingly being seen as a pain in the derrière, both for Twitter as a platform going forward and, essentially, it’s appeal to new users. My guess for what’s coming next? @Usernames in replies will be stripped out and then stop being counted at all in tweet characters, with “tagging” becoming the norm, if only because hundreds of millions more social media users (i.e., Facebook folk) already know how to do this. Film at eleven.
(Source: Twitter Blog.)