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  • http://www.livebloghelp.com/ Mark Seydel

    Thank you, Jeff. So simple I do forget. I needed the reminder.

  • Brandon Schaefer

    Jeff, as always, great tips. Being able to use images in my Twitter stream has literally propelled my Twitter account @90DayPro into overdrive!

    • Embedle

      Brandon, that’s great result! Jeff, wonderful tips! Have you guys tried Embedle? Embedle is trying to solve the twitter engagement issue from a different way: bring people who are interested in the same article together, and enable them to join the conversation and network with like-minded tweeters. If you click this link: http://t.co/mAP3JxgonM , you will see how it works in action.

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  • http://www.muddywall.com/ Muddywall

    Engagement for images is great but we’ve noticed overuse can annoy Twitter users (like hashtag overuse) and have a detrimental impact on a brand.

    • http://www.llt-group.com/seo.html JeremySeoChicago

      Agreed. I think that image engagement can be particularly effective, but only when done in moderation (like all good things)!

  • Geoffrey Winn

    My concern is that when this becomes pervasive it will slow down the timeline scroll and start to alienate users who prefer to click on a pic if they choose. Does that make sense?

  • Martin Reynolds

    I believe this is a good addition by Twitter but am cautious as also think this could lead to a constant advertising stream in Twitter feeds, saying that I have noticed a distinct increase in engagement on posts where I have used images for social media tips on my @MartinPReynolds Twitter account (sorry about the shameless plug there!) great article as usual Jeff

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Yes, I will watch with interest to see how the stream unfolds! :)

  • http://nickmessengeronline.com/ Nick Messenger

    If it is true that a picture can say 1000 words then I suppose that this should not have come as much of a surprise. Personally, I`m pleased because I have found Twitter to be a little plain looking as just text.


  • PeterJ42

    As usual, this works because not everyone is doing it so you stand out if you do. Watch it get ruined as the me-too merchants pile in.

  • Kids Eat Healthy

    I can’t understand how to make the images appear automatically! When I upload an image it still shows as a link. What am I doing wrong?

  • http://www.brand.com/blog James R. Halloran

    I definitely think these changes are going to revive interest in Twitter again, especially since images are half the reason Pinterest, Instagram and SnapChat are so popular. Even Google is in the process of a major design overhaul (or so I hear in the rumors). Bing is already there with stunning visuals, and I’ve already started to notice they’re gaining favor because of it.

    The future is aesthetic, and Twitter is just keeping up!

  • http://www.blogplustweet.com/blog.html Matt Hayden

    Noticed this changed recently. It really brightens up your stream … I have an account that is locally oriented. So I’ve been taking photos of my city and posting them on Twitter.

    One technique that’s worked well is to post a photo of an intriguing local landmark and ask about its background. It’s an effective starting point for conversations with people in my city.

  • Lisa Walker

    I prefer using Facebook because of scrolling through the images, but I can see how this could hinder those who solely use Twitter for the information feed.

  • Joseph Della Mora

    I’ve noticed this… it’s great!

  • http://twitter.com/therealsjr Stewart Rogers

    If you’re an Instagram user your images won’t show up in the preview. However, this is easy to fix using any one of the hundreds of ‘Instagram to Twitter’ recipes over at IFTTT, so don’t feel as though you have to ditch Instagram if that’s your favourite photo option. You just need to throw IFTTT in between to get it to work properly.

  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/muzammilsem Muzammil Hussain

    twitter will soon launch more options competing with facebook and G+, anyhow it’s a good news that twitter is alowing images and as we know people likes visualization than reading the text. so it will help the marketers.

  • http://sproutsocial.com/features/social-media-engagement Sarah @ Sprout Social

    Images in Twitter’s timeline definitely changes the way the platform is fundamentally used. Though an image is quick to look at (just like 140 characters), including in what used to be a sea of text certainly does stand out. The increase in engagement isn’t surprising. I think brands should use these sparingly. Users didn’t sign up for Twitter for a feed of images.

  • http://www.incion.com/ web design company los angeles

    Really impressive.. You have shared points that always need attention. Good work it would help many peoples.

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  • http://inspiretothrive.com/ Lisa Buben

    Jeff, I love how the images look on Twitter now – what if all tweets contained them though, would it look like Pinterest? What percentage of our tweets should contain images? Thank you.

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  • Aleksandra Prejs

    Definitely the introduction of images changes the way Twitter is used! It has also effect on the number of RTs and Favs as you can read here: http://blog.sotrender.com/2013/11/photos-on-twitter/

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001306884464 Eli J. Pacheco

    I especially like the tweets that use an image on white space. I need to see about doing this for my blog tweets. And if it gets too ad-heavy, we users can always unfollow the ones who get on our nerves.

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  • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

    I Have tried it with my mobile and it works. But I have had the same problem when uploading an image to Twitter when on my PC. When I click on the link later after publishing and hit refresh the image stays open. So I am a bit confused as to whether you need to publish from a phone or not

  • http://www.adspringr.com/ Adspringr

    I just closed my eyes and imagined the tweet without the pictures and then with it. There is a ton of difference. Especially for the Typhoon Haiyan pic where it convinces you to go through the article and give it a read.

    Thanks for the share Jeff, its the reason why readers keep coming back to your blog time over time.

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