Twitter has updated its app to include a new integrated camera. The feature makes it easier for users to take and upload pictures directly within the app.
It could also make the experience of using Twitter more visual, as pictures shot in-app take up more space than images uploaded the regular way. Additionally, text is overlaid on the image, not placed separately above it.
See it? Tweet it! Our updated camera is just a swipe away, so you get the shot fast. Rolling out to all of you over the next few days. pic.twitter.com/moOEFO2nQq
— Twitter (@Twitter) March 13, 2019
How to use Twitter’s new camera feature
You can access the camera by swiping left on the main Twitter timeline. Once you take a photo, you can add text and a location to the image. Twitter will display this on top of the picture, not separately above it. You can also change the background color of the overlay from within the camera menu.
You can access the same menu by clicking on the compose tweet button and then selecting the camera icon.
Your timeline could be about to look very different
The change will likely have a big impact on how your timeline looks. Previously, most images were accompanied by text and were comparatively small.
With the new system, the only text is displayed on the image itself, which puts the focus on the photo. The images also take up a lot more room on the timeline compared those taken outside the app and uploaded.
Another change is that the portrait orientation of pictures taken in-app means they fill up your phone screen when you click on them. You can see how different it looks in the images below.
The new feature may help Twitter compete with more visual social networks like Snapchat and Instagram. If the new camera can get more people shooting media, it may attract users who prefer a visual experience.