I’m sure that, by now, you will have noticed that your Twitter feed contains a lot more than just text! While Twitter is primarily text based, a picture, as they say, paints a thousand words. Adding an image to text makes it much more effective, and moving images are even more eye-catching.
By tweeting pictures you can share the atmosphere at a conference, or a keynote speaker, or a poster that you think your followers will find interesting, or the results of a group activity in a seminar, or the cover of your latest book!
Adding media to your tweets is very straightforward but is slightly different depending on whether you are using a PC or an app on a mobile device. There are restrictions, of course – pictures must be in a certain format (i.e. GIF, JPG or PNG) and cannot be bigger than 5Mb, and videos can only be a maximum of 30 seconds long.
Accessing Twitter via a PC restricts you to selecting pictures from your media library:
Simply click on the photo button, browse to your picture, and pick the one you want to share.
With the GIF button you can insert an animated gif (provided by the huge giphy web library).
The Twitter app is available for both iOS and Android devices and once you’ve installed it simply tap to create a tweet in the usual way. You can choose to select a picture or video from your library, in addition you can choose to take a new picture or record a video from inside the app. However, you need to give the app permission to access your pictures and, if you want to record video, to access your camera and microphone as well.
Once you have added your chosen media, add a comment in the ‘What’s happening’ box and tweet.
The default setting for video tweets on Twitter is to play them automatically as you scroll through your feed. If you want to change this, you can do so in Account Settings:
While you might not feel the need to disable video autoplay on a PC, you might have different ideas about mobile devices, where the default setting is to autoplay videos using either Wi-Fi or mobile data, whichever is available. Video content can eat into your mobile data so, if your package only has a limited data allowance, you might want to switch to ‘Use Wi-Fi only’ or even disable autoplay videos completely.
Activity for Day 7:
So – tweet a picture. Take a picture of your desk, your colleagues, your building, anything you like, and share it with your followers. If you need inspiration then look at the pictures that the people you follow have tweeted. Just make sure you use the #WBK10DoT hashtag so we can call see it. And, if you’re feeling adventurous, there’s always video…