Twitter: Let’s Get Visual!

Twitter: Let’s Get Visual! explains the basics of adding visual content, i.e. photos and video, to tweets on Twitter.

Remember that song by Olivia Newton John from the 80’s Physical? I can hear the chorus as I write this (Let’s get physical, physical…) and picture the cheesy outfits, the bouncing buns (check out 14 seconds into the video – link below – if you don’t believe me!), and the sweaty bodies. Perhaps I’m showing my age!

Apologies to those of you who are too young to even know who Olivia Newton John is, but if you want to see what I’m talking about here’s the youtube link.

Back in the day that song was way cool. My sister even wore a headband. Got the pictures to prove it but I think she’d kill me if I showed you!

So, if you know the song, or have just watched the video and it’s still playing in your head, hold that thought, and just for a minute think Twitter and then substitute the words “Let’s get visual!” Yeah I know, pretty lame but bet from this point forward you won’t be able to think of using visual content on Twitter without hearing that song or picturing the video! HA!

Perhaps it is because a picture is worth a thousand words (or so they say!) and Twitter is limited to 140 characters, but using visual content on Twitter is becoming more and more popular. It’s believed that our brains process visual content faster than written words so maybe that accounts for the current popularity of visual content on Twitter?

If you’ve ever watched your Twitter feed in real time, and you’re following a lot of people, that feed will often update faster than you can read it, but a picture or graphic stands out, doesn’t it? Maybe that’s why visual content is so popular on Twitter?

Adding Photos to Your Tweets

Allowed and limitations

  • Image files can be up to 5 MB in size.
  • Acceptable file formats are PNG, JPG and GIF.
  • Animated GIFs can be used but they must not exceed 3 MB in size.

Not allowed

  • Images in file formats BMP and TIFF can’t be used on Twitter.

Photos can include snapshots, screenshots, infographics, memes and, of course, selfies if you’re so inclined.

For more information, log into your Twitter account and click here to learn how to add a photograph to a tweet.

Adding Video to Your Tweets

There are a couple of ways you can add video to your tweets:

  • Including the URL of your video in your tweet
  • Sharing your 6 second videos from your Vine account

For more information about adding video, click here.

For more information about using Vine, click here

Over the next few weeks, I’ll give you more ideas for sharing visual content on Twitter.

Photo courtesy of photostock | Freedigitalphotos.net

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