Twitter was working on a new edge-to-edge media in tweets.
Twitter was currently working on a new timeline with edge-to-edge media in tweets, creating an almost Instagram-like experience.
Twitter, in an email sent to The Verge, wrote that it’s testing the change because it wanted to better support conversations that were both text-based and visual.
On Wednesday, Twitter’s support account shared a video showing edge-to-edge tweets that “span the width of the timeline” so that the users’ photos, videos, and GIFs can have more room to shine.
Now testing on iOS:— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) September 7, 2021
Edge to edge Tweets that span the width of the timeline so your photos, GIFs, and videos can have more room to shine. pic.twitter.com/luAHoPjjlY
If the said feature rolled out beyond a select group of Twitter iOS users, the said change could also help Twitter address concerns over image cropping that the microblogging site had been dealing with over the last few years.
The Verge also reported that image cropping algorithms had been informally shown to have a bias toward white faces, something Twitter confirmed earlier this year.
Twitter had recently attempted to address the said problem by eliminating image cropping, but the design test took things a step further with an Instagram-style emphasis on visuals.
Naturally, some users have already taken issue with Twitter’s new design. Searches for “New Twitter” brought up plenty of complaints, like that the new layout was headache-inducing and the edge-to-edge screen-captured photos of tweets can confusingly look like an actual tweet.
Twitter might have some more tweaking to do before the said test became something official.