Twitter’s announced that it is testing a new way to display images on timelines, which would see full images shown in tweets, instead of being cropped previews.

Now it has been a little while since there have been any major changes in the Twittersphere but this new update has gained some interest. The new update has been explained by Twitter as:

“Now testing on Android and iOS: when you Tweet a single image, how the image appears in the Tweet composer is how it will look on the timeline – bigger and better.”

In total transparency this update will only apply to single images, however the variable format could be a drastic change in how ones Twitter feed is shown. The update would also remove the ‘open for a surprise’ Twitter image approach that has become something of a fad itself, with users being able to find creative ways to manipulate the current image cropping process, both for good and bad.

The test will be available to both iOS and Android Twitter users so not everyone will have the new display format. As Chief Design Officer Dantley Davis has stated:

“People in the test will see that most Tweets with a single image in standard aspect ratio will appear uncropped when posted. People will see exactly what the image will look like in the composer tool before it’s posted. Very wide or tall images will be center-cropped.”

So as we can see there are still some limitations, having said this it could still be a major change in tweet display, with is being a welcome one for brands and creators in particular.

With everything new there are some risks with this new format, in that it could make the timeline seem fairly ad hoc, or it may change the uniformity of the tweet feed, which could be jarring for some users. Nevertheless the tests are being rolled out so it is very much a case of watch this space.