By Stephen Schenck | January 28, 2014 10:52 AM
If you’re just not a Facebook fan, and continue to fight the good fight against Google’s non-stop Google+ pressure, Twitter offers a relatively straightforward, unencumbered platform through which you can share your photos with your social media friends. Thus far Twitter’s photo support has been a pretty bare-bones experience, and while it’s not about to fundamentally shift anytime soon, today does see the Twitter Android app learn some new tricks that give it some basic, yet functional image manipulation tools.
How basic are we talking about? Really, the extent of its manipulation tools are constrained to framing: rotating the image and cropping it. That falls very much short of even the basic Android Gallery photo editor, but we can appreciate the convenience of having the ability to make some last-second tweaks without needing to jump back over to another app.
While the image tools are a nice, if minor touch, we’re not quite sure how everyone will react to some of the other changes. For instance, the app will now try to bug you to tag photos containing people with their Twitter usernames; we suppose that’s nice if you just forgot, but on the flip side we know darn well how to use Twitter by now, and could see constant reminders becoming annoying.
In a similar vein, refreshing your timeline when there are no new tweets available will now automatically display news updates or recommended accounts you don’t already follow (above, right). On the one hand, maybe that’s a useful way to discover new content, but on the other hand it could be seen as trying to cram unwanted content down users’ throats; if they were actually interested in learning about new Twitter accounts, that’s what the Discover tab already exists for, right?