Getting Visual on Twitter & Using Images


Hands down Twitter is my favorite social networking site. I've been on it since 2008, and I have a lot to thank the 140 character micro-blogging site for. I've gotten jobs, met people, been hired for writing gigs, made connections, and so much more. I meet so many artists, crafters, and creatives who just don't get Twitter. It confuses them. They feel overwhelmed. They're not into it. I get how noisy Twitter can be. It feels like a cacophony of sentences, noise, and weird short hand. But as with any new ecosystem, it takes time to get to know any new site. The pay off of getting comfortable with the platform is so worth it: Twitter can connect you to peers and leaders within your industry, as well as really broaden your community, and possibly get you work.

I encourage you to start small, and give yourself one month of engaging on there every day.

Getting Visual

I'm not writing this post to convince you to get on Twitter. I'm writing it for those of you who are already on Twitter, and maybe to give those of you who don't get it another incentive to get on board.


Twitter has gotten increasingly visual over the past few years. It's no longer just about copy. It now allows images within tweets, and its been this way for a little over a year. Adding images to your tweets with links is a great way to tease out your content, and pique interest from your followers.

My latest episode with artist @KateMccgwire.— What's Your Story (@wyspodcast) October 30, 2014

In March, Twitter allowed users to add up to 4 images to tweets via mobile (and tag people as well), and they recently expanded that feature to the desktop. Why add 4 images? It makes your content visually more appealing, giving your viewer a variety of images. Plus, here's the kicker: those 4 photos only take up the character space of 1. (FYI: images take up 23 characters) By adding more visual content, you're not using any more characters than if you only posted one image. So, what are you waiting for? Share your art, crafts, jewels, etc!

Can't wait for my phone to update to Lollipop, so I can get the new Google calendar app.   — Meighan L. O'Toole (@meigs) November 4, 2014

Adding extra images in your tweet is super easy, just click the camera icon 4 times (or 2, or 3 - you don't need to use up all 4 options) and choose each photo. You'll have to do it one by one, there's no option to add all at once. You can also delete images easily if you want to edit. As you add a new photo, notice the character count stays the same.

 Add up to 4 images on Twitter

Add up to 4 images on Twitter

Alrighty. So get started, add your beautiful work and let me know how it goes!

Have a question or feedback for me? Let me know on Twitter.

Meighan O'Toole

Always all in.