Twitter Allows 'Mixed Media' To Be Tweeted, And Preventing Users From Taking Screenshots


Gone are the days when Twitter is a text-oriented social media platform. With the huge amount of things people can do, visuals are becoming increasingly important.

The thing is, users couldn't post a tweet using various media file types at the same time. This is changing, because the microblogging platform has rolled out a feature on both Android and iOS that allows users to combine photos, videos and GIFs into one tweet.

Adding "mixed" media to a tweet is simple and straightforward.

When users compose a tweet, all they have to do is tap on the 'Media' or the 'GIF' icons and select the content they want to share.

Users can add up to four videos, images, and/or GIFs per tweet. Depending on the number of content, the selections will either appear side by side or in a grid.

Initially this feature has not been made available for users on desktop.

"Get ready to mix it up with visuals on Twitter," the company’s support account tweeted.

Reports about the tool first surfaced back in April, when reverse engineer Alessandro Paluzzi spotted the feature.

Following the finding, in July, Twitter confirmed that it was indeed working on the update.

"We’re always looking for new and exciting ways to help creators share more and be seen," Twitter wrote in a blog post.

"Mixing different types of visual content together in a single Tweet allows creators to express themselves beyond 280 characters and gives them more ways to tell their story."

Besides this feature, Twitter has also updated its platform to be able to detect when users try to screenshot a tweet.

Initially, the feature has been released to some users.

Spotted first by app researcher Jane Manchun Wong, she said that Twitter has started sending pop-up notifications to some users when they take a screenshot.

"Twitter is trying to persuade me to Share Tweet or Copy Link instead of taking a screenshot of the Tweet," she posted.

What Twitter is doing, users who took screenshots of the tweets, will get a nudge.

The feature is an attempt by Twitter to bring more users to its platforms rather than just read forwarded screenshots.

Meanwhile, Twitter has also rolled out the 'Edit Button' feature for Twitter Blue subscribers in the U.S..

Before this, the platform has already rolled out the button for Twitter Blue subscribers in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.