Adding Images to Your Tweets to Optimize Your Twitter Presence

By Ric Shreves, Michelle Krasniak

Though Twitter imposes a character limit, there are some tricks you can use to make the most of the limited space on this social media site. One of the best ways to create richer tweets is to add images. You can add one or more images to your tweets, or even include animated gifs. The best part is that adding images has no effect on the length of your message — you can still use the full 140 characters for your tweet text.

Twitter supports the .gif, .jpeg, and .png image file formats, and you can upload images up to 5MB. Twitter doesn’t support .bmp or .tiff images. The rules are a little different if you want to use animated .gifs. You can’t add multiple images if you’re using an animated .gif, and the file size is limited to 3MB.

You can add images to a tweet from the Twitter website by following these steps:

  1. Log in to your Twitter account.

  2. Click the status box.

    The system automatically expands the status box, and you see two icons at the bottom.

  3. Click the Add Photo button, which looks like a camera.

    A pop-up window opens, which allows you to browse through the files on your local computer.

  4. Find the image you want, and double-click it to add it to your tweet.

    A small thumbnail of the image you added displays at the bottom of the status box. In addition, the Add Photo button changes to the Add More button.

  5. To add other images to the tweet, click the Add More button, and repeat Step 4.

  6. Type your tweet in the status box and click the Tweet button to post your status to Twitter.

Although the web version of Twitter enables you to add multiple images to a tweet, it doesn’t support tagging users. If you want to tag users, you need to use the mobile Twitter app for iOS or Android. After you’ve added an image with the Twitter app, click the Who’s in This Photo? button to search a list of users and find the names of those in the photo. User tagging doesn’t affect your 140-character limit.