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How Not to Deploy a Twitter Feature

Twitter announces a new feature is rolling out for iOS, the ability to record audio tweets. It demonstrates this with an uncaptioned video of its Twitter avatar making bird noises: Tweets with audio are rolling out on iOS and we only have one thing to say about it pic.twitter.com/CZvQC1fo1W Twitter…

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Tags: accessibility, rant, Twitter, UX

Improving Your Tweet Accessibility

Twitter persists. Even if you have moved to Mastodon, Twitter will persist. As such, we need to continue to ensure it is accessible to all users. This post gathers some tips you can and should use. Hashtags Emoji Unicode Image Alternative Text Embedding Alternative Text in a Tweet Web Interface…

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Tags: accessibility, social media, Twitter, usability, UX

Twitter Has Alt Text! (with some caveats)

I have a more recent post with instructions on using the feature, along with considerations for emoji, videos, special characters, and the like: Improving Your Tweet Accessibility In an exciting move, Twitter has taken a half step toward making images accessible. I say half step because as of now this…

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Tags: accessibility, social media, Twitter, usability, UX

We Know You Have Alt Text, Twitter

Users have repeatedly asked for a method to provide alternative text for images on Twitter. Since so many of Twitter’s features today are just codified versions of what the community invented on its own, many of us hoped Twitter would just build some proper support. Instead, Twitter pushes for more…

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Tags: accessibility, rant, social media, Twitter, usability, UX

Alt Text Bot Image Descriptions FTW

This weekend I saw a tweet in Marcy Sutton’s timeline that appeared to be an image description generated by a piece of software. Given my recent missives on the inherent inaccessibility of images without descriptions (even if Twitter accidentally gave us more options), coupled with rise in people tweeting images…

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Tags: accessibility, Twitter, usability, UX

Twitter (Accidentally) Takes Step Toward Accessible Images

Video showing how tweet quoting works. See original tweet from which I swiped the video. Twitter has officially released its new-ish tweet quoting feature. Since at least last June, if a user included the URL of a tweet within a new tweet, it would present viewers with the full body…

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Tags: accessibility, Twitter, usability, UX

Twitter App Sets Browsers Back 10 Versions

Screen shot of a web page as seen in the Twitter app, with a menu showing the option to open in the user’s default web browser. The title of this post may be a bit of hyperbole for some, but it is completely true for me. Sometime over the course…

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Tags: apps, browser, Chrome, rant, Twitter, usability, UX

Don’t Tweet Pictures of Text

Good point @harper. pic.twitter.com/27tCMoDaGI— Jeremy Scheuch (@jeremyscheuch) December 8, 2014 Earlier this week M.G. Siegler posted Hacking the Tweet Stream at Medium, where he describes the trend of posting images of text to do an end-run around Twitter’s character limits. His post quickly changes from descriptive to prescriptive, advocating for…

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Tags: accessibility, Twitter, usability, UX

CDC Ebola Response on Twitter Excludes Blind

This is one of the images tweeted by the CDC. The text contrast is 4.53:1, so it barely passes for large text. At this scaled-down size, however, the question text would fail a contrast test for accessibility. In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is (or at…

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Tags: accessibility, rant, social media, standards, Twitter, usability, UX

One-man Focus Group for Twitter’s Timeline Changes

TL;DR: Twitter is showing tweets in your timeline that people you follow have favorited or just from those they follow. Way below I outline how I have been reacting. Much has been said of Twitter’s recent change to start putting more than just promoted tweets into users’ timelines (such as…

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Tags: rant, social media, Twitter, UX

Backing Up Your Social Media

Social media outlets are practically a dime a dozen. Excluding ones that are pretty stable right now (Twitter, Facebook, etc.), most of them will either fail or get bought. The problem is that your data, your content, typically dies when they do. As an individual you might not care too…

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Tags: Brightkite, Facebook, picplz, rant, RSS, social media, Twitter

Social Media Goals for the New Year

Every year I think people will start to get the hang of social media. After all, it’s really not much different from what we’ve done as a society forever, just more rapid-fire. Every year I am proven wrong. Perhaps we need to consider better behavior on social media as a…

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Tags: Facebook, Foursquare, Instagram, Plus, privacy, rant, social media, Twitter