UoB10DoT: Day 7 – Pictures and Videos

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.


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, but you will need to give Twitter permission to access your pictures. Photo and GIF attachments do not count towards the character limit in a Tweet (in iOS, Android, twitter.com, and mobile web clients only).

  1. Type your Tweet into the box at the top of your Home timeline, or click the Tweet button.
  2. Click the camera button  to upload a photo or GIF from your computer.
  3. To search for and select a GIF from the GIF library, click the GIF icon
    Note: Animated GIFs cannot be included in Tweets with multiple images. You can send only one GIF per Tweet.
  4. Once a photo or GIF is selected, the image will attach to your Tweet in full size. You can select up to 4 photos to Tweet at once.
  5. Click Tweet to post.
    Tip: You can also send photos and GIFs in Direct Messages.


Accessing Twitter via a PC restricts you to selecting from your media library:

Day 07 - 03 - PC MEDIA

Simply click on the Media button, browse to your picture, and pick the one you want to share.

Third-party Applications

Many apps allow sharing to Twitter and other social media platforms. The image sharing app, Instagram, for example, offers the ability to share content to five external apps, including Twitter:

Day 07 - 04 - Instagram

Video Autoplay

The default setting for video tweets on Twitter is to play them automatically as you scroll through your feed. 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.

If you want to change this, you can do so in Settings. You can stop videos from autoplaying in your timeline, Moments, and the Explore tab by changing the video autoplay setting. Your settings for video autoplay can be adjusted independently on twitter.com and your Twitter app (for example, you can set videos to autoplay on your iOS device and not on the web).

To adjust autoplay in your Twitter for iOS app:

  1. Navigate to your Settings and privacy.
  2. Under the General section, tap Data usage.
  3. Under Video, tap Video autoplay.
  4. You can select from the following options: Mobile data & Wi-FiWi-Fi only, and Never.

To adjust autoplay in your Twitter for Android app:

  1. Navigate to your Settings and privacy.
  2. Under the General section, tap Data usage.
  3. Tap Video autoplay.
  4. You can select from the following options: Mobile data & Wi-FiWi-Fi only, and Never.

To adjust autoplay on twitter.com:

  1. Click your profile icon and select Settings and privacy from the drop-down menu.
  2. In the Account section next to Video Tweets, uncheck Video autoplay.


What to do now?

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 #UoB10DoT hashtag and/or tag @bedscle so we can call see it. And, if you’re feeling adventurous, there’s always video…




















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