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Twitter Adding In-Stream Image Previews

by Brandon Russell | June 26, 2013June 26, 2013 6:00 pm PDT


One of the more infuriating aspects of Twitter is that you are required to click on a tweeted image just to see it. And lot of times those images are awful—some tired meme or picture of a desk. So Twitter is saving humanity of regrettable image clicks by introducing a small preview thumbnail right in your stream. The feature hasn’t rolled out yet on a consumer-wide level, but it’s about to.

Noted by The Next Web, users are one by one starting to see previews popping up in their streams. As you can see in the comparison above, there are now neat little thumbnail previews set beside each image someone tweets—small red flag warnings that you’re about to move forward into a space of the Internet you’ll immediately wish you hadn’t visited. But you’ll probably click it anyway, let’s be honest.

Sure, it’s a tiny little addition, but it makes crawling through feeds that much easier. Before, images you clicked were almost always a surprise, like looking behind a set of curtains. But now Twitter is letting the universe preview photos that others—and you!—are sharing. That, my friends, is true convenience.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...