Twitter launched a full-size preview of images so you no longer have to guess what is hidden in the rest of a cropped image in your feed.
Twitter released the new full-size preview for iPhone and Android on Wednesday, May 5th.
Before the change, non-horizontal images were always cropped so the user had to tap the image to view it in full.
The company began testing the new way of displaying images earlier this year and announced this week – via a tweet, of course – that it would offer full-size image previews to anyone using Twitter on mobile.
No bird too big, no harvest too short
Introducing bigger and better images on iOS and Android, now available to everyone pic.twitter.com/2buHfhfRAx
– Twitter (@Twitter) May 5, 2021
When vertical images take up more display space, it’s unlikely to detract from the user experience, especially when you consider the ease with which you can scroll through content with a quick press of your thumb or finger. When you no longer have to tap an image to view it in full, the process of researching content on Twitter just got smoother.
Prior to the change, Twitter used auto-detection software to ensure that a picture with a face was included in the crop, although the system landed it in hot water last year when it found its algorithm resulted in cropped images that looked longer Faces focused on white than black when both appear in the same picture.
Another problem with the software resulted in images without faces being cropped to show the center of the image, which often resulted in nonsensical previews that gave little information about what the image was really about. Twitter tried to use artificial intelligence to remedy this disadvantage to crop a more meaningful part of the image, but the system wasn’t perfect.
After a lot of tweaking over the past few years, Twitter has finally decided to just preview the entire image. And we think you will like it.