Twitter is introducing larger images and cropping control on iOS and Android

Twitter recently changed how it shows videos, which has visual artists on the social media platform ecstatic.

Twitter launched a small test of uncropped, larger photos in users’ feeds in March. Those experiments have now been considered a success, and the image-sharing experience for everyone has improved.

Standard aspect ratio photos (16:9 and 4:3) will now appear in full on Twitter for Android and iOS without cropping. Rather than speculating about how an image would appear in the timeline — and potentially damaging an otherwise hilarious joke — photos would appear exactly as they did when they were taken.

Twitter’s new system would allow anyone to post an image to see a preview of how it will appear in the timeline before publication, addressing previous complaints that Twitter’s algorithmic cropping was skewed toward highlighting white faces.

Twitter spokesperson Lauren Alexander said, “Today’s launch is a direct result of feedback people shared with us last year that the way our algorithm cropped images wasn’t equitable.” The platform’s dependency on automated, machine-learning-based image cropping is reduced thanks to the new way of presenting images.

Super-tall or big photos will still be cropped in the middle, but Twitter says it’s working on improving that, as well as other aspects of how visual media is viewed in the timeline.

This is a huge deal for visual artists, including photographers and cartoonists who promote their work on Twitter. Not only will picture and other forms of art have more room on the timeline, but artists will be able to put their best foot forward without having to worry about awkward cropping.

Dantley Davis, Twitter’s Chief Design Officer, celebrated by tweeting a dramatic shot of the Utah desert (Dead Horse Point — perfect location!)

We regret to inform you that the changes have been communicated to the brands as well.

The days of tweets like “open for a surprise” may be numbered, but the long duck will finally have his day.

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