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Twitter announced that users will be able to tag up to 10 people in photos

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Twitter often uses its mobile apps on iPhone and Android as launch vehicle for new features, which now includes a new way to share photos. On Wednesday, the company announced in a blog post that Twitter users on iPhone will be able to tag up to 10 people in photos, and include up to four photos in a single tweet.

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Not only is this a big step for media sharing on the platform — particularly because it allows multiple pieces of rich media into a single tweet that is both visible and embeddable from mobile and desktop — but it also shows Twitter’s efforts to push usernames into the background of tweets. For example, when users tag up to 10 people in a photo, those handles don’t actually show up in the tweet itself. Instead, a list of the usernames shows up subtly above the photo — giving users ample space to alert friends without gobbling up valuable 140-character real estate. While it looks like a page torn out of Facebook’s playbook, tagging photos could be the first step towards dissolving the need to “@” anyone entirely.

According to the blog post, the feature will roll out to the Android and desktop versions of the platform in the near future.

  1. On Wednesday, the company announced in a blog post that Twitter users on iPhone will be able to tag up to 10 people in photos

    Not only does the original post not say that this feature is iPhone-exclusive, the pictures of it in action use an Android phone. C’mon GigaOM!

    Oh, and Twitpic has allowed tagging for years now. Twitter is just too far behind.

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    1. Stephen Robinson Thursday, March 27, 2014

      Because it isn’t iPhone-exclusive.

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