“With this test, we hope to learn if this new approach is better and what changes we need to make to provide a ‘what you see is what you get’ experience for Tweets with images,” Davis said. “People in the test will see that most Tweets with a single image in standard aspect ratio will appear uncropped when posted.”
However, he also noted that cropping will still occur only for ultra wide or tall images, where they will instead be centre-cropped accordingly. Those exempted from cropping during this test are photos or artwork that are presented in 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratios, which are the common formats shared on Twitter.
Photographers and graphic artists tend to rely on Twitter to showcase their work, especially to reach a wider audience outside of certain platforms such as Behance and DeviantArt. Implementing this change not only would benefit these creators, but also improves the platform’s capability for image sharing – enabling it to be on par or better with competitors such as Instagram and Facebook.
As mentioned earlier, the full-size image preview feature is currently rolled out to selected users on mobile for testing. Twitter has not revealed any plans to have this feature available to the public or other supported platforms at this time.