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April 20, 2014

Twitter Feeds Get Photo, Video Previews

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Twitter Feeds Get Photo, Video Previews

Twitter is adding photo and video previews to users’ timelines, making the photos and videos visible in users' feeds without having to click a link. Tweets that include photos or six-second videos from Vine, Twitter’s video creation service, will automatically preview those images directly in users' feeds.

“Starting today, timelines on Twitter will be more visual and more engaging: previews of Twitter photos and videos from Vine will be front and center in tweets,” Michael Sippey, Twitter’s vice president for product, wrote in a recent blog post. “To see more of the photo or play the video, just tap.”

The move comes at a time when the social network is preparing to go public. Twitter is expected to raise up to $1.6 billion in an IPO slated for next week. 

Real estate professionals are heavy users of Twitter. In a 2012 technology report from the Center for REALTOR® Technology, 28 percent of brokers said they use Twitter for real estate business purposes, and 26 percent of agents said they use the social network. 

Source: “Picture This: More Visual Tweets,” Twitter (Oct. 29, 2013) and “Ahead of I.P.O., Twitter Alters Feed to Add Images,” The New York Times (Oct. 29, 2013)

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