Hacking The Tweet Stream →

December 15, 2014 |

M.G. Siegler, on the recent trend of embedding a picture of text in a tweet to be able to tweet longer messages:

In the age of Tweetstorms, I thought I would grow to hate this as well. But I actually quite like it. One big reason: it maintains the flow of the tweet stream. That is, it’s one tweet with a payload, so it both flows in and out of the stream just as quickly as a regular tweet. And, more importantly, it can be retweeted (another one of those early Twitter “hacks” that has since become part of the official canon) and replied to without breaking context.

I’m seeing these tweets more and more in my timeline as well. I’m not crazy about it becoming a thing, but I can’t say it bothers me, either.