16 September 2022
Twitter supports various media file formats that can be added to a tweet to make one's views more expressive. It has limited users to one media file format per tweet so far but that appears set to change in the near future. As reported by TechCrunch, Twitter has begun a new test where select users are able to share images, videos, and GIFs within a single tweet.
We first heard about the feature earlier this year when Alessandro Paluzzi (@alex193a), a well-known app researcher, tweeted a few screenshots showing it in action. Twitter has now officially acknowledged the existence of the feature and said that it is currently under testing with a few randomly selected users.
The official statement from the company reads,
"We’re testing a new feature with select accounts for a limited time that will allow people to mix up to four media assets into a single tweet, regardless of format. We’re seeing people have more visual conversations on Twitter and are using images, GIFS and videos to make these conversations more exciting. With this test we’re hoping to learn how people combine these different media formats to express themselves more creatively on Twitter beyond 280 characters."
Paluzzi showed that users will be able to add images, videos, and GIFs to a single tweet the same way as they are able to add multiple files of a single media format. It means these will appear as a carousel and users will be able to tag people in photos and videos. They will also be able to rearrange the order in which the files are displayed in the tweet.
As for followers and other users on the platform, they will see these different media file formats in the form of a carousel. They can swipe through the carousel to see other medial files uploaded by the user. Here is a tweet that shows what the new functionality would look like but as of now, you can see all the different media files only on a smartphone app. We can expect the support to arrive on the web soon enough.