Twitter is rolling out a new accessibility feature for its web app to improve the user experience. The feature aims to improve the visualization of the contents for people with poor eyesight.
The accessibility setting of the web app now has a new “increase color contrast” toggle button. The button once turned on, activates the high contrast colors for UI elements. The high contrast mode makes it easier for people with visual impairments to use the Twitter Web app.
Today we’re adding support for increasing the color contrast on https://t.co/CuB5qyHKwU
Find the setting under the accessibility tab pic.twitter.com/MhnpI0wZCY
— Twitter Accessibility (@TwitterA11y) December 13, 2019
You can activate the feature from Settings > Accessibility > Vision > Increase color contrast. It increases the contrast between the background and the text color. However, you can also uncheck the same option to deactivate the feature.
Twitter is rolling out a server-side update to activate the feature on the Mobile/PWA app and web browsers. You simply need to restart your application to get the Increase color contrast mode on Twitter.
The new feature generally received good feedback from the users, but some people are experiencing problems as well. A Twitter user pointed out that clearing cookies in the browser automatically disabled the option. Notably, the Twitter team needs to turn on the feature by default so that it shouldn’t be saved in cookies.
Twitter’s New GIF Customization Feature
GIFs are today considered as one of the preferred ways to communicate online. More specifically, they add an element of humor to your Twitter conversations.
Considering the popularity of the GIFs, Twitter has now decided to improve the way you have been using them on the platform. A new feature will allow you to add some text descriptions into the GIFs. This description would be different from the one that is built into the GIFs already.
The new feature will allow you to contextualize the GIFs on the social media platform. Moreover, its a good opportunity for those who tend to use GIFs regularly to express their opinions.
Twitter has been constantly trying to compete with other social media platforms. These features are an effort to grab the attention of the youngsters. It’s just a matter of time to see if this change going to help Twitter achieve its target.