Twitter adds User Galleries whether you like it or not

first_imgTwitter has recently added a new photo feature called User Galleries to compete with the likes of Facebook and Google+. The micro-blogging site also recently added a photo feature that allows you to upload photos from your computer and post them on Twitter without the use of a third-party service like TwitPic or yFrog. This had people uploading pictures freely, but the latest update is placing those pictures, along with any others you post on Twitter, on the right of your profile for all your followers to browse through.User Galleries basically aggregates up to 100 of the images you’ve uploaded in your tweets into a single page. The images included come from photos you’ve uploaded from Twitter, yFrog, TwitPic, Instagram and other photo-sharing services supported by Twitter.The photos that show up in your User Galleries are from Jan. 1, 2010 until now. If you’re one of those Twitter users who uploads a photo of your sandwich every day at lunch, you most likely will have 100 photos in your stream, but only 100 will be kept in chronological order. So, as you add one photo, another will be pushed out. The gallery has yet to incorporate an “albums” feature or any sort of sorting feature.Interestingly enough, your user gallery will show photos that come from tweets you’ve retweeted, but only if you’ve copied, pasted, and retweeted. If you just hit the retweet button on Twitter, the photo won’t show up in your stream.Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be an “opt-out” option, which means you basically have no choice whether or not you want your photos displayed. The only way they won’t be displayed is if you don’t upload any photos.To see your photos, just go to your profile and you’ll see them pictured on the right. To delete an image, you have to actually delete the tweet that contains the image.Looking at my own photos, of which there are only seven–two of which I took myself and the rest coming from retweets–I’m a little embarrassed. Out of the seven, there are two photos of craft beer and two photos of John Hodgman. The other three represent cupcakes, music, and friends. So, if you think of it as a snippet of your life, I do have to admit that the seven photos I’ve uploaded since Jan. 1, 2010 are pretty representative of the things I like.Read more at Twitterlast_img

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