Twitter is becoming a little more photo friendly. The microblogging platform announced in a recent blog post that it has added two new mobile features to make photos on Twitter more social. Now, while users can tag up to 10 friends in their photos without counting against the precious 140 characters, they can also add up to to 4 additional photos in a single tweet on their iPhones.
Twitter confirmed in the blog post that even if you tag 10 people in your photo, you still have the 140 characters safe at your fingertips. If a friend tags you in their photo, you will immediately receive a notification. Like the regular tweets, the tagged images will be displayed under the Interactions tab. To tag your friends, you have to select the photo and click on the “Who's in this photo?” link. Or just select "Remove tag from photo" to untag yourself from any photo.
To customize the list of people who can tag you in their photos you can visit the Twitter Privacy Settings. Adjust the default setting of "Allow anyone to tag me in photos" to license only your followers to tag you. You can also completely switch off the feature if you do not want to be tagged in any photo. Apart from this, no blocked contacts can tag you in their photos.
According to the post, you can also share a series of 4 photos in a single tweet which is then neatly crafted by Twitter into an automatic rectangular collage. To view the full image you just have to click on the preview. The new feature has already been rolled out to all iPhone devices and is soon coming up for android and twitter.com.
Earlier, in the absence of any photo tagging feature, users had to mention the names of people in the photo in the tweet itself. This consumed several precious Twitter characters, especially if it was a group selfie. With the addition of the new feature, tweeters can now save a great deal of their tweet's real estate. The concept of photo tagging has been borrowed from Facebook and Instagram's similar features.