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Twitter unveils new photo tagging features

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Twitter users in the greater Spokane area can now use their smart phones to tag up to 10 people in a photo, or add up to four photos to a tweet according to a report posted by Chris Taylor of Mashable on Wednesday, March 26.

That same day, on the company's official blog, César Puerta gave an overview of the new photo features available in the new Twitter Version 6.3 that should give people a pretty good idea if they are things they will want to use..

According to Puerta, "Tagging people in a picture makes conversations around photos fun and easy. And tagging doesn’t affect character count in the Tweet — you can tag up to 10 people in a photo and still have all 140 characters at your disposal, making it easier to connect with your friends. If you’re the one being tagged, you’ll get a notification. You can adjust notifications, as well as who can tag you, in your settings.

"... you can also share a series of photos that automatically create a collage. Just tap on a preview to get the full image and slide through the group. The ability to upload multiple photos is starting to roll out today on iPhone, and is coming soon to Android and twitter.com. Whether you’re on iPhone, Android or Twitter.com, you can view Tweets with multiple photos."

Taylor went into a little more detail about how the new features work.

"The photos you add will appear as a four-part collage in your timeline," Taylor said.. "If anyone clicks on one of them, they'll get the full picture. In Tweetdeck, however, the pictures appear to simply follow one after the other.

"The friend tagging feature, now available to everyone, works pretty much as it does on Facebook. You tag your Twitter friends in the picture, then the friend gets a notification. He can delete or amend the tag.

"Twitter will let you control who can tag you in a photo, but the default is that anyone can. That could lead to a lot of awkward and erroneous photo-tagging of celebrities."

Ellis Hamburger of The Verge made adding tags sound pretty easy and straightforward.

According to Hamburger, "To help you tag people in photos you upload, a new 'Who's in this photo?' button appears in the tweet compose screen once you've attached a picture. If you choose to tag friends, their Twitter handles won't take up space inside your tweet, affording you more space to caption the photo you're posting."

Many people in the Spokane area prefer to engage in most of their social media activity on Facebook. The new photo features in Twitter Version 6.3 might encourage them to use the popular microblogging network more because they bring Twitter closer to being like Facebook or Instagram.

According to Hamburger, "Twitter likely added tagging for the same reason Instagram did nearly one year ago. Twitter is all about 'the now,' so it's easy to lose track of quality content over time. Photo tags give the company the ability to index photos by person. The company already gave each user profile a photo gallery showing their recent uploads. Perhaps soon, Twitter will also also add a 'Photos of me' tab the same way Instagram did. While the ability to tag friends in photos is certainly useful, Twitter now looks more like Facebook and Instagram than it ever has."

To take advantage of the new photo sharing options, download either the latest iPhone app from iTunes or get the Android App from Google Play.

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