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Twitter adds picture and Vine previews for web, iOS and Android

Twitter adds picture and Vine previews for web, iOS and Android

The new preview packed stream.

Twitter has just released a simple but significant new update to its web interface and Android and iOS apps, bringing previews of pictures and Vines into users timelines.

The update sounds like a small one but the visual effect is striking, changing what was previously a screen filled only with text into one heavily dotted with pictures and videos. In turn this gives it what could be described as more of a Facebook-like feel.

Users will still have to click to see a full-size version of pictures or watch the full animated version of a Vine, but they will now have one less click to see whether the link is something they're likely to be interested in.

Twitter said of the update, "So many of the great moments you share on Twitter are made even better with photos or with videos from Vine. These rich Tweets can bring your followers closer to what's happening, and make them feel like they are right there with you.

“We want to make it easier for everyone to experience those moments on Twitter. That's why starting today, timelines on Twitter will be more visual and more engaging: previews of Twitter photos and videos from Vine will be front and centre in Tweets. To see more of the photo or play the video, just tap."

Twitter is actually playing catchup with this update, as many of the apps that interface with Twitter, such as Tweetdeck, have long had this feature. However, Twitter's own phone apps and web interface are by far the most popular, so for many people it will be a new view.

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mi1ez 30th October 2013, 01:32 Quote
Meh.
SchizoFrog 30th October 2013, 02:19 Quote
I see devs are still treating Windows Phone as a minority option. Would it really have been too difficult to include Windows Phone with the update? Or is this just a journalistic omission?
mi1ez 30th October 2013, 05:45 Quote
I've changed my mind. I've gone from "Meh" to hating it.
Fruitloaf 30th October 2013, 09:06 Quote
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Originally Posted by SchizoFrog
I see devs are still treating Windows Phone as a minority option. Would it really have been too difficult to include Windows Phone with the update? Or is this just a journalistic omission?

Would that perhaps be because in terms of market share they ARE a minority option. Admittedly they are growing but when scoping a recent project Android and iOS apps were a no brainer but for WP its more like call me when they have 25% market share and we'll think about it.

Admittedly Twitter have a bigger budget and can afford to set their threshold for support lower but still the only sensible way to focus effort is where the most eyes are.
Snips 30th October 2013, 09:10 Quote
I'm on the web version now and it hasn't changed. Are we getting it later or is this just a mobile web thing?
Gareth Halfacree 30th October 2013, 09:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by Snips
I'm on the web version now and it hasn't changed. Are we getting it later or is this just a mobile web thing?
It's changed for me, on Firefox/Linux-AMD64.

EDIT: And, as I hate it, I've crafted a filter suitable for AdBlock Plus and derivatives that gets rid of the damn things. Just stick this in your blocklist and be free of in-line images: twitter.com##.twitter-timeline-link.media-thumbnail.is-preview
Snips 30th October 2013, 09:43 Quote
Nope it's just the same on the IE in Win8. So has twitter excluded all Windows product from the update?
Meanmotion 30th October 2013, 09:52 Quote
Should be universal and worldwide.
Snips 30th October 2013, 10:00 Quote
All I'm getting is the usual list of posts with the photo or video link highlighted but no preview images.
Meanmotion 30th October 2013, 10:45 Quote
Not all picture links will show. Has to be official twitter hosted pics.

Otherwise, are you blocking any scripts?
Snips 30th October 2013, 11:08 Quote
Ahh, now I see them. The feed was clutted with posts who weren't posting images via twitter themselves. my bad
aramil 30th October 2013, 11:56 Quote
android app. Setting> image preview (untick) back to being happy :thumbup:
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