Users of Twitter’s iOS app can start sharing up to four images per tweet, Twitter announced today. And in a potentially useful character-saving move, users can tag up to 10 people in images.
The function will roll out to Android apps and Twitter.com soon.
— Mark S. Luckie ☜ (@marksluckie) March 26, 2014
Twitter said in its blog earlier this month that tweets with photos see an average bump of 35 percent more retweets for verified users. I wouldn’t expect tweets with four images to get a huge boost beyond that, but in rare circumstances news organizations might find this to be a useful way to share photo galleries.
In very rare circumstances. Otherwise, Tweetdeck users would do well to disable image previews altogether:
(The four images are arranged more nicely in a compact grid when previewed in timelines at Twitter.com or in Twitter’s mobile apps.)
Among other recent “Twitter is turning into Facebook!!” developments: the company added inline images in October; started testing a visual redesign of profile pages in February; and hinted earlier this month at hiding “scaffolding” like at-replies in a play to streamline conversations.