Twitter is about to look a lot more like Instagram
What you need to know
- Twitter is testing a new edge-to-edge user experience.
- The new UI expands photos, GIFs, and videos to the edge of the timeline.
- It is currently available to a small number of users.
Twitter is kind of looking like the Instagram timeline.
Twitter is starting to look a little more like Instagram with its latest test.
The company announced that it is now testing out a new way to display photos, GIFs, and videos in its iOS app. Currently, all of these pieces of media are contained in a box with a decent amount of dead space on the left and right sides of the screen. Twitter seems to think that the space could be useful.
Instead of confining this media into a box with dead space around it, Twitter is now testing out "edge to edge" tweets that will span the entire width of the timeline. This means that your photos, GIFs, and videos will take up more space underneath the text of your tweet.
You can check out a video that showcases how the content could look below.
Now testing on iOS:
Edge to edge Tweets that span the width of the timeline so your photos, GIFs, and videos can have more room to shine.
Now testing on iOS:— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) September 7, 2021
Edge to edge Tweets that span the width of the timeline so your photos, GIFs, and videos can have more room to shine. pic.twitter.com/luAHoPjjlY
The new user experience is rolling out to a small group of Twitter users today and there does not appear to be an option to manually force it. If Twitter gets positive feedback it could make it the default experience for all users but it is unclear if and when that could happen.
The company also recently announced Super Follows, a new way for prominent people on Twitter to monetize their following.