Today we have noticed lots of tweets talking about a new feature which has been added to Twitter, you can now add images to your tweets directly from Twitter.com, we have tested it out and can confirm that the feature is simple to use and works well.
Up until today services such as Twitpic have been used for such functionality, however now you can cut out the middleman and tweet images directly from Twitter.com. Obviously this is bad news for third party services which thrive on their picture sharing capabilities – but it has to be seen as a good thing on the whole.
So how does it work? Well, as previously stated it is very simple, firstly start writing your tweet and you will see a new icon which looks like a camera (see below), click on this to add an image it will then show as a link on the Twitter feed.
Adding an image to your tweet uses some of the 140 character limit which we are all used to, for me it took up 21 characters, which isn’t too bad. Below we have embedded an image showing just how Twitter looks when composing your tweet with an image already uploaded. At the time of this post we are unsure as to whether there is a maximum file size associated with the image upload, therefore we will have to keep you posted.
Once done your tweet looks likes any other tweet, however you will notice the link for the image in the tweet and a small image icon on the right hand side, click on this and you will see a small preview of the image which has been shared, neat eh? If the preview is too small click on it for a larger version.
You can check out my first ever tweet using the image upload functionality here, as you can see it shows up nicely below my tweet, the great thing about this is that when you see the tweet on your Twitter feed it still looks uncluttered – if image previews showed up on the main feed we think that Twitter would lose its simplistic look, which we think would be a mistake.
We think that Twitter may perhaps bring video uploads in the future and if it works in a similar way users will not be disappointed, are you a fan of the new image upload feature? Have you encountered any problems using it? Let us know in the comments section below.
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