Using alt text on twitter

I love twitter! I love it because you can get small doses of information in 140 characters or less. I love that you can have conversations with people about something either they or you tweeted. I love that you can quickly send off a private message to… well that all depends on what you have it sat for. I love that you can have different twitter chats which can also help you gain more information.

Having said that there are a lot of things I don’t love about twitter. One of them is that pictures aren’t described on twitter. I realize for sighted people this is not a big deal because you can click on the picture to see it and if you can’t you can just enlarge it or whatever. However, for blind people this is huge! It means that we can’t see the meem you posted so we miss out on the joke. It means that we can’t see the picture of the food, pet, weirdly priced item, or car parked the wrong way. Why? Because we can’t see the pictures so we miss out on the conversations with you.

Having said that let me say this. Twitter has made pictures accessible to us as blind people. How? read this to find out. Now, sighted people could you please use this for all your pictures so we know what’s going on? Please and thank you!

AS far as I know the description of the picture is different from where the actual tweet goes so it doesn’t count against your character limit. I can’t wait to see what kinds of descriptions you come up with.

I feel like this is a good time to do a shameless promotion session so here goes: follow me on twitter. follow the blog on twitter..

A small note: I have been told by a sighted person that the interface twitter uses for this does not prompt you to add a description and that people often forget to add it.o I’m going to encourage you to try to remember for your sake and our sanity. Lol. I hope twitter can fix this soon so that more sighted people will remember to use it. Having it sat up so you can use it only solves part of the problem, but being prompted to use it after it’s sat up might solve the rest. 🙂

Thanks for reading!

About stephie2010

I'm studying to get my B/S in special education, I've been blind my whole life, and no, I don't have a guidedog.
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