Twitter is testing the ability to add alt text to GIF

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Twitter is reportedly working on a cool feature that could give users access to add alt text to GIF. News like this one could get a lot of users excited as it has the potential of bringing out the creative ability in them.

The upcoming tool was reported by no other person than reliable reverse engineer Jane Manchun Wong via her Twitter page. Adding alt text to GIFs could help describe to your followers certain messages you are trying to convey through your post.

From some of the responses to Jane’s tweet, it is pretty clear that the alt text functionality is one that a lot of people have been yearning for—and their wishes could come to pass sooner or later.

Details are still sketchy and Jane did not give away much information other than a screenshot showing a sample of what to expect from the upcoming feature. Information such as maximum size of the alt text, and whether or not it will be submitted to GIPHY or only Twitter remain unknown at the moment.

Just last week, Jane tweeted that Twitter was working on “Conversation Tree” that comes “with the ability to focus a specific tweet, even from a permalink. Conversation tree, which is now being tested on the main Twitter website and will be rolled out in 2020, will make following conversation on the platform easier. You will also be able to click on any tweet to focus on it.

Some users liken the conversation tree feature to what is currently obtainable on Reddit; and I think I agree with that view. Twitter, however, has confirmed per TechCrunch that the feature is actually being tested, and will be available from 2020.

The microblogging company recently changed its security settings to let you use two-factor authentication also known as 2FA without making your phone number available to the service. Use of authentication apps have become increasingly popular, which renders the use of phone numbers less relevant.

Authentication apps are more secure and give users some measure of reassurance when using the Twitter service. As a matter of fact, unlike your phone number that exposes some measure of personal information, authentication apps are more secure and private.

Deleting your number from Twitter only takes a couple of steps. Simply go to settings in the app or on Twitter’s website, and click into the “Account” menu. Tap your phone number, and then select the delete option. It is however, important to note that deleting your phone number without setting up an alternative 2FA method will turn it off. So, be sure to set up an authentication app before deleting your number.


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Author: Ola Ric

Ola Ric is a professional tech writer. He has written and provided tons of published articles for professionals and private individuals. He is also a social commentator and analyst, with relevant experience in the use of social media services.

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