Some users grumble about Twitter's photo previews

Some are bemoaning a change that puts images in their streams

Twitter now puts photo and video previews front and center in users' feeds.

Twitter now puts photo and video previews front and center in users' feeds.

Some Twitter users are complaining about a change that puts photo previews front and center in their streams, and offering advice to others on how to turn it off.

Apparently some users like viewing photos on Twitter but don't want image previews appearing automatically in their stream, which is what happens with a change to the service rolled out Tuesday.

"I was perfectly happy with that one extra step of 'show picture' for the ability to see a picture that I want to see," one user wrote on Twitter's developer forum.

"I do not necessarily want to see every picture that every person I follow posts, right on my timeline," the person wrote.

Another Twitter user wondered if he had "ticked something somewhere" without realizing it.

"Wow, Twitter is suddenly unscannable. What is this crap in the feed and how do I turn if off?" asked another.

The update means users no longer have to click a link to view the photos, so scrolling through Twitter can now mean scrolling past a lot of photos. It's been activated on the desktop version of Twitter and is included with an update for the iOS and Android apps. It only works with images posted on Twitter itself, or videos posted on Twitter's Vine service, however.

Twitter is apparently keen for users to see a lot more images in their Twitter streams. Photography is a key service for social networks, and Google updated its photo features on Google+ Tuesday as well.

Showing photos in Twitter without needing to click on them can have unintended consequences, though. A search for "twitter photo previews" on Twitter Tuesday revealed at least one explicit pornographic image.

Some users provided advice on how to disable the feature, posting screenshots of how to turn it off within the Twitter app on mobile devices. The image previews can't be disabled on the desktop, however.

It's not uncommon for users to complain about changes to online services, as Facebook, Yahoo and others know too well.

One user suggested this is a fight Twitter can't win. "Y'all complained when Twitter wasn't visual. Today, y'all are complaining it has photos in your stream?"

Zach Miners covers social networking, search and general technology news for IDG News Service. Follow Zach on Twitter at @zachminers. Zach's e-mail address is zach_miners@idg.com

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags mobile applicationsInternet-based applications and servicessocial networkingtwittermobilesocial mediainternet

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Zach Miners

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Armand Abogado

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

Wireless printing from my iPhone was also a handy feature, the whole experience was quick and seamless with no setup requirements - accessed through the default iOS printing menu options.

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?