Twitter Brings Autoplay Video, Vines, and GIFs to iOS and Web

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twitterTwitter today announced that it's bringing autoplay video to the web and to its iOS app, causing native videos, Vines, and GIFs to play automatically in the Twitter stream for an improved video-watching experience.

Today, it's become even easier to enjoy video on Twitter. Now native videos, Vines and GIFs will begin to play back automatically. So you can keep up with the action without missing a Tweet and get a better sense of what's been shared instantly.

Videos will play without sound, but tapping a video will turn the sound on and play the video in an expanded view. Rotating an iPhone or iPad to landscape mode will automatically turn on the sound and expand a video that's in the timeline to fill the screen.

Twitter is including an option that will allow users to continue to use the previous click-to-play video experience, disabling autoplay videos, Vines, and GIFs. There's also a setting to turn autoplay on only when connected to WiFi, preserving bandwidth when connected to cellular.

The video changes are starting to roll out today to Twitter users on iOS and on Twitter.com.

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70 months ago
Note to self: turn off automatic updates for Twitter. I hate autoplay video so much...
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70 months ago
'Play automatically' and 'improved video-watching' do not go together.
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70 months ago
It took Facebook about 10 hours to roll back the autoplay video 'feature'.
Autoplay, no thank you.
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70 months ago

Note to self: turn off automatic updates for Twitter. I hate autoplay video so much...

Autoplay video on a mobile, battery-constrained device is a recipe for disaster. Who could have thought this was a good idea?
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70 months ago
How come Twitter never shows any love for the Mac client? It's always WAY behind when it comes to features. I guess the only plus side is no promoted tweets, so it's still the only official way to enjoy Twitter without ads. :)
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70 months ago
1. Juggle pinless grenades

2. Panini grill my hand in foccacia bread

3. Weekly habanero enemas

Three things I'd do before approving autoplay videos. Autoplay videos are the equivalent of getting hit by a car while picking up a $100 bill that turns out to be fake. Just an all around s****y experience.
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