Twitter recently updated its app for both Android and iOS devices with a new in-line preview that allows users to see the tweets that have images without clicking or opening any links.
Tweets with Twitter photos, Vine videos, and other visual content will now show up in a preview in any user’s home screen timeline. Users simply tap the image to reveal the full screen version.
Users are also able to tweet a picture without text and let the image do the talking.
“We want to make it easier for everyone to experience those moments on Twitter. That’s why starting today, timelines on Twitter will be more visual and more engaging: Previews of Twitter photos and videos from Vine will be front and center in Tweets. To see more of the photo or play the video, just tap,” writes Twitter on its blog.
This is very similar to the way Facebook does its previews. Tweeters can still quickly peruse feeds, only enlarging the pics or videos that they’re interested in.
It adds a modicum of functionality that was missing, but without adding too many bells and whistles to take away from Twitter’s simple platform.
To get the new features, all users have to do is update the app from their respective devices.
This update comes ahead of its IPO offering which is expected sometime before the end of November.
Recently the New York Stock Exchange ran a test of Twitter's initial public offering and was met with success. The exchange is trying to avoid the technical problems that blemished Facebook's debut last year.
"This morning's systems test was successful, and we're grateful to all the firms that chose to participate," NYSE spokeswoman Marissa Arnold said in a statement at the time of the test. "We are being very methodical in our planning for Twitter's IPO, and are working together with the industry to ensure a world-class experience for Twitter, retail investors and all market participants."
Edited by Stefania Viscusi