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How To Add Photo Captions On Twitter For Accessibility So Everyone Can Join The Fun


Twitter is a world of its own, and there are plenty of ins and outs to help you navigate the site... whether you're aware of them or not. Lately, one relatively unfamiliar feature has been getting a lot of hype, and for good reason. Here's how to add photo captions on Twitter for accessibility so no one misses out on the shenanigans.

There's nothing quite like a sarcastic tweet from the likes of social media royalty Chrissy Teigen or a funny GIF gaining popularity. Though finding these gems is second nature to us, some users cannot access the same experience due to blindness or other vision impairments. However, Twitter user Rob Long, a blind veteran injured in Afghanistan, is spreading the word on how to make the site more inclusive for everyone.

In a video that has now gone viral, Long explains the importance of captioning photos for blind and sight-impaired users, something many of us probably didn't even know existed. Don't fret: It's an additional feature that doesn't mess with your character count. Long said,

Alright, let's say you made a hilarious photo that all pop culture junkies need to see. How do you make this image accessible to everyone? Here's everything you need to know to help not only catapult you to viral status, but how to make sure all users can experience the greatness.

Since captioning your photos is not an automatic feature, you have to manually adjust your settings. Make your way to Settings & Privacy and then click Accessibility. From there, you have the option to "Compose image descriptions." Voila! That's all you need to do to make a descriptive photo caption so all users get a sense of what you're sharing.

It might seem like a small change, but it can make a huge difference to users like Long. Taking this extra step could make your message all the more strong. In a tweet, Long highlighted the importance of photo captions and said,

Let this be a lesson for popular Twitter users like Adam Ellis (@moby_dickhead). The world has followed alongside Ellis as he shares updates from alleged paranormal hauntings in his Manhattan apartment. These threads, known as "Dear David," have captured the hearts and instilled fear (and skepticism) in Twitter users everywhere. No one should miss out on the creepy photographs and unexplainable videos.

However, regardless of the content, it's important that everyone feels entitled to the same material. It might not have been something you considered before, but a brief caption can go a long way. Give it a try before sharing your next viral-worthy material.

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