Twitter started its life as a very bare-bones communications service; the 140-character limit that’s still in place today is a direct consequence of its SMS roots. Over the years, new features have slowly arrived, like native support for photos, URL shorteners, and even video, by means of Vine. Still, the general pace of advancements has felt quite restrained, which makes it a big deal when anything actually does arrive. Today we learn about a couple very interesting tweaks to how Twitter handles photos, with the changes debuting on the company’s Android and iOS apps.
Just like Facebook has been doing for years, Twitter is learning how to tag users in photos. When you upload a pic, you’ll have the opportunity to tag up to ten other Twitter users in it. The tags don’t count against your 140 characters, and users not interested in being a part of this can prevent others from tagging then by adjusting privacy settings.
Multiple photo support is as straightforward as it sounds: instead of one pic per tweet, you’ll now be able to attach up to four.
It sounds like support for tags is coming straight away, but the multi-photo mode is an iOS exclusive for the moment; Twitter says it will be similarly available on Android and through the web interface in the near future.