Twitter galleries launched some users want disabled

//Twitter galleries launched some users want disabled

Twitter galleries launched some users want disabled

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Twitter User Galleries

User galleries on Twitter aggregate the images you’ve uploaded in your Tweets into an organized page where you can view all of your most recent images.
The images included in user galleries can come from TwitteryFrogTwitPic, Instagram and other image sharing services supported in Twitter’s details pane.

Technical Limitations of User Galleries:

  • User galleries will display up to 100 most recent images in your Tweets, in chronological order.
  • Video thumbnails will not be included. Tweets with video links will not be included in user galleries.
  • Images in Tweets will not be displayed if the Tweet was sent before January 1, 2010.

This is how your profile page will now appear, and you won’t see more pictures until you click view all, and then it looks like the screenshot above.

Fantastic right?  ….. Maybe not so great, people have started to see the new Twitter user gallery on their profiles today and are asking how to remove it.  They don’t like their photos being on their profile page.  Another problem that I have just discovered is that if you manually retweet or click on a tweetthis link so that the tweet appears in your feed as a Via; that photo appears in your gallery as recent photos and its not even your photo.

As usual with new features on social networks such as Twitter or Facebook you are immediately opted in,  whether or not you want the new feature.  From what I’ve seen, users just want the choice, it might not be that they do not like the feature but they would like to chose if they want their photos displayed permanently or not.

The only options in settings are…

Also on the Twitter help page on All about user galleries it just refers to removing one photo by deleting the tweet, this could be tedious if you wish to remove them all.

So, as to how do I remove Twitter photo gallery from my profile it seems that as yet we cannot. Perhaps as User Galleries have only just launched it could be that Twitter will allow the option to remove or disable photo galleries for those that don’t wish to have this option.  I do  hope so.

I don’t mind about the photos being on my profile, I put them on Twitter to share with everyone anyway – well apart from one picture that I posted to one person directly but even so sending a photo to Twitter can be seen by anyone.   However I do not like being opted in to all changes especially when it comes to privacy.

Hope this helps,  I will update if there is a way to stop pictures from appearing on your profile.



By | 2017-02-08T01:20:27+00:00 August 23rd, 2011|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |12 Comments

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  • this is too new for me. the first time i heard it mentionned was yesterday, i need to see it in action to assess how annoying it is and then come back to your article xx

  • Boofbofbfb

    Disappointing of twitter to suddenly show everyone old photos I’d sent to people long ago. Had to delete a bunch of tweets.

    • Yes, I know. However at least you can delete the tweets. … thanks for comment. 

  • There’s another possible issue with the only way to delete an image being to delete the tweet. What if the image is still there after the tweet is already too old to find? Then it can’t be deleted, right? Then your only recourse would be to share so many images it pushes the images you don’t want off the page. That wouldn’t be any fun at all. 

    I for one do not want images I can’t control appearing at all. If I could selectively choose images to put there that would be fine, but to have anyone able to put images there any time they feel like it – that would be a major issue for me. The wording on the Oauth agreements concerns me because it could be used to allow any company with a current oauth on your Twitter account to share ANYTHING in your timeline as though you shared it. Those image spots could end up being advertising or who knows what. 

    We need to stay aware of what is shared through our accounts and be prepared to delete oauths or even possibly stop using these social networks altogether if they start doing evil on our behalf and not giving us a way to block and remove what we object to having associated with us. 

    • Thanks for the Comment Gail, but its ok, when you go into your gallery and click on the picture it shows the tweet, and you just press delete, you can do that right back to the beginning. 

      I know a lot of people feel the same as you about these Galleries, and one would hope that twitter does listen. 

      Yes, we all need to be aware what we are sharing and what the oauths require. 

      Thanks for sharing that with us. 

  • If you post links or re-tweets that are images or videos they are posted to your gallery with no way of sorting it out except to delete. Posting every image link to your gallery may be fine for those who are not photographers or artists but if you are, it is very annoying to have every link show up in your gallery. I like sharing the work and interests of others, but filling up my gallery with them is bizarre. How come Twitter has not thought to correct this. How many photos, videos can end up in a gallery in just one day if your own account is image heavy, plus links and re-tweets from others? Ridiculous. Someone suggested using a site like Hoote Suite but really is that a solution?

    When others view your profile they get hit with everything. Not fair to leave all that work to the users to sort out. As a photographer and gardener my gallery should feature my work primarily and I’m sure every artist feels that way. This is 2013 and still no solution and very little discussion over the web about how to get around this issue.

    • hmmm yes I’d never thought of that problem – that would be annoying, it would be nice to be able to put them in folders for instance. I believe it only holds 100 pictures but that might have changed, I rarely look at mine or anyone elses for that matter, I would use a website or flickr for that. However it could be useful if this was designed properly – thanks for that view, and I hope it gets sorted for you.

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