Twitter was in the news this week for major changes to its service. Twitter is becoming more social, adding features to make it easier to connect with others, and more informational, taking advantage of its ability to distribute information across a wide audience.
These updates mean a change to your privacy settings so make sure to read below to see how to make sure you have the privacy you desire.
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Twitter is rolling out a new feature that will initially appear in its iPhone and Android apps, then on its website, so you can share multiple photos in your tweets. The updated app lets you add up to four photos in a single tweet.
You can select up to four photos that will appear in a rectangular collage in your tweet. In the earlier version of the Twitter app you would have to use a different photo editing app to create a collage, save it as a photo and then add the collage photo to your tweet using the Twitter app. The updated Twitter app will make it easier for you to add multiple photos to a single tweet by allowing you to create a collage from within the Twitter app.
Previously you could add a photo to a tweet and mention someone in the tweet by using their @TwitterID. Now you don’t have to waste any of your precious 140 characters with @TwitterID’s. Instead you can tag someone in the photo and free up space for more words, hashtags and links. You’ll be able to tag up to 10 people in a photo.
If someone tags you in a photo you’ll be alerted to the tag in the Notifications section of Twitter, the same way you’re alerted if someone mentions you in a tweet using your @TwitterID.
[note] For an excellent explanation of the best ways to include a photo in your tweets, check out Adrienne Smith’s article: How To Use Images On Twitter And Why. [/note]
If the idea of people tagging you in photos on Twitter makes you uncomfortable, you can adjust your settings to prevent this from happening or restrict photo tagging to be used only by people you follow. Unlike Facebook, where much of what you post may be accessible only to your friends, Twitter is mostly open to the wide, wide world.
Unless you change your settings, anyone on Twitter will be able to tag you in any photo.
If that sounds like a disaster waiting to happen, feel free to change your settings.
Changing your Privacy Settings
To change your privacy settings using your computer, go to
Twitter => Me
and click the Gear icon. A drop-down menu will appear. Choose
Settings => Security and Privacy
Scroll down to Photo Privacy. Your choices are:
- Allow anyone to tag me in photos
- Only allow people I follow to tag me in photos
- Do not allow anyone to tag me in photos
The default choice is the first one, allowing anyone to tag you.
If you want to change your settings, choose the one you want and click “Save changes” at the bottom of the page.
This change is rolling out slowly but if you want to change your settings, do it now before you forget. If you’re comfortable with being tagged in photos by anyone on Twitter, you don’t need to do a thing.
Are you excited about the Twitter news? Will you be adding multiple photos to a tweet? Have you tagged anyone in a Twitter photo yet? Will you be adjusting your settings to restrict tagging in Twitter photos? Let us know in the Comments section below!
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