I earlier tried posting the following 4 pictures of bluebells squeezing up along the side of our house using the new Twitter picture posting feature that allows Twitter users to post up to 4 pictures in one Tweet. Unfortunately, I ran into a problem with, basically speaking, aspect ratio.
Before my experiment, I’d seen some good examples of 4 rectangular pictures displayed in a 2 x 2 grid in my Twitter feed and thought my four matching pictures, taken at intervals over the past two months, would suit that format. (I took the pictures thinking they could be the basis of some animation. Originally, I wasn’t planning to publicly display just these pictures.) The basic problem was I didn’t realize all rectangular pictures that preview in Twitter feed, whether single pictures or part of multi-picture groups, are displayed in a 2 to 1 aspect ratio. Only when you click on the pictures do you see pictures that don’t actually have a 2 to 1 aspect ratio in full. (Squares seem to be an exception. I’ve seen some 4-picture groups in preview mode consisting of square pictures.) In preview mode, not only were the tops and bottoms of my pictures lopped off, but also they were lopped off unequally. Pictures on Twitter, whether single pictures or part of multi-picture groups, are shifted upward when they are fit into the new frame(s).
I could have dealt with the distortion of the pictures in preview mode if, when the 4 pictures were opened up, they all appeared together. But this doesn’t happen with the new feature. The pictures appear only individually–so my intended effect of plants maturing over time was essentially lost.
I’m posting those pictures again here–and have added one final closeup picture at the end. This still isn’t exactly what I wanted. (I’m still trying to figure out side-by-side pictures in WordPress, to achieve my 2 x 2 grid. It’s not as easy as one would think. But many things aren’t . . . ) However, it is, I think, an improvement over the Twitter version–even without the closeup, that turned out well, if I do say so myself.
As I’ve learned from my experiment, if you want complete pictures to appear in the preview mode in Twitter feed, whether you are posting a single picture or multiple pictures, use a 2 to 1 aspect ratio for the original pictures (or maybe stick with squares). However, the distortion that occurs when pictures that don’t have that aspect ratio are fit into those rectangles in preview mode can sometimes work to good effect, to achieve surprise when you click on the pictures and open them up, or intrigue that compels people to click–if you know what you’re doing.