Twitter may soon make photos just a tiny bit wider on mobile.
Noted tech detective Jane Manchun Wong revealed on Thursday that Twitter appears to be developing a new timeline layout for its mobile app. Rather than the current format that gives images a margin around them, the new layout will make pictures large enough to reach the edges of your phone screen.
Wong’s screenshot of the potential changes also indicates that users’ profile images will be repositioned to accommodate for the new manner in which images are displayed. Rather than appearing next to the text of a tweet, profile images will appear above it next to the profile name and username.
It all looks very Facebook.
Wong noted that reply tweets don’t appear to be affected by the design change, with a grey line still linking them to the tweet they’re responding to and the margin still present. Still, this could easily change. Twitter’s redesign is still in development, and there isn’t any guarantee that it will be released soon — if it is even released at all.
Mashable has reached out to Twitter for comment. However, CEO Jack Dorsey has already responded to Wong’s tweet to say the change is “much better,” lending even more credence to her historically credible reverse engineering. Wong previously revealed accurate details of subscription service Twitter Blue before it was even announced.
UPDATE: July 17, 2021, 1 p.m. AEST A Twitter spokesperson told Mashable that while they’re “always exploring ways to improve Twitter,” they have no more specifics to share on this new potential layout for now. However, they noted a May tweet from Twitter’s chief design officer Dantley Davis that stated the company would “have more to share soon on additional tests and improvements [they’re] making to images on Twitter.”
The official Twitter Support has now responded to Wong’s tweet as well, hinting at its accuracy.