Last month, Twitter tweaked the “favourites” function, turning them into “likes,” a switch that many users didn’t take well. Now, the social media platform introduced its newest set of changes.
The main tweak is that photos will now be displayed uncropped on timelines accessed through Twitter’s website. Until Tuesday, only a section of an uploaded picture would be displayed natively, with a user needing to click on the cropped image to see it in full. Smaller photos and landscape images will now be automatically shown in their entirety, though longer portrait shots are still slightly cropped.
Twitter has also altered multi-photo displays, which now show one large main picture next to three smaller ones, rather than four equally sized images.
“While Twitter began as an all-text platform, rich media has become essential to the experience,” product manager Akarshan Kumar said alongside the announcement. “Starting today, we’re making your Twitter.com timeline more immersive by uncropping photos, so you can experience and present them as they were meant to be viewed.”
The Twitter team seems to have been working extra hard to update the platform in recent months. In early November, the star icon button to “favourite” a Tweet was swapped for a heart icon that represented a “like” — a minor change that prompted a major response. One month earlier, in October, Twitter introduced its Moments feature.