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  • Meerelle Cruz

On iOS, Twitter has Launched a Test of Full-width Images and Videos

Twitter has launched a live test of its new, full-width visual display for tweets in-stream, which will see posted photos, GIFs, and videos take up more of the tweet view and remove the rounded corners of the present display after months of internal testing. The new visual style fills the entire horizontal space in the Twitter stream, making your shared images and videos stand out with more solid blocks of graphics in the app.

Twitter can better utilize the space in a Tweet by minimizing the margins so that the focus is on your message and what you have to say, while also bringing the timeline to life with larger photographs and videos. This experiment looks at how they might promote discussions in all of its forms by allowing Tweets with photographs, videos, and text to stand out more.

As previously stated, Twitter has been testing the new display style for some time, with reverse engineering expert Jane Manchun Wong providing an image of the process in progress back in July.

It appears nicer at first glance, but it also feels a touch Facebook-like, and it might be regarded as erasing some of the platform's individuality, especially with the elimination of the present display's rounded corners. Using a photograph uploaded by artist @arbacn, here's a comparison of the new and existing formats.

It appears to be a step forward, but it will force you to reconsider how you use photos in your tweets and how users react to them, which could be a new issue for digital marketers and artists in particular. Twitter has been experimenting with new visual display features, which began with its Fleets experiment. Following the recent closure of Fleets, Twitter stated that it will look to incorporate some of the Fleets process into other aspects of the platform:

On Twitter, people enjoy immediately posting photographs and videos to contribute to the conversation. We'll be testing upgrades to the Tweet composer and camera soon, which will include features from the Fleets composer, such as the full-screen camera, text formatting options, and GIF stickers.

This appears to be the initial iteration of those experiments, which might be the first step towards a larger overhaul of Twitter's camera features, which could eventually lead to more image composition possibilities in the app Perhaps the next step will be the integration of full-screen photographs from tweets, as well as Stories-like visual tools, such as stickers, to expand Twitter's options in this regard.

In any case, that's a long way off, as the new test is still in its early stages. For the time being, Twitter claims the update will only be accessible on iOS, with plans to expand to Android in the near future.

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