Twitter has debuted a new “user galleries” feature that compiles and stores all the photos and images that you’ve uploaded via Tweets into a single, easily browsed location accessible directly from your profile page.
The last 100 pictures you’ve featured, automatically culled from multiple sources such as Twitter, TwitPic, yFrog and Instagram, are now stored in a single page visible on profiles below your follower count. Effectively providing users with online photo albums, the feature is designed to help the social network stay competitive with rivals like Google+ and Facebook, and increase the amount of time people spend browsing it.
As with Twitter’s recently-added image-sharing service, the update is intended to add functionality by letting users consolidate images into one quickly accessible gallery, without turning to external websites for assistance. An extension of the company’s recent efforts to control or shut down applications that piggyback on its platform, such moves come at the expense of outside developers, however. Recently valued at $7 billion, the micro-blogging service continues to struggle to find ways to generate income for investors, which have led it to buy or boycott applications that utilize its network to provide potentially lucrative features.
While an aesthetically pleasing addition, note that user galleries do come with some quirks. Removing an image requires that you delete the containing Tweet, for instance. Likewise, to make a photo appear in your gallery, you must manually copy and paste friends’ images into a Tweet, rather than simply use the Retweet button.