Extension to remove image previews from Twitter timeline

Extension to remove expanded images from Twitter

Late October 2013 Twitter added a feature that automatically expands tweets that contains images or video. Remember that Twitter will (supposedly) makes its initial public offering this week. It's with no doubt a way to introduce ads or promoted tweet images and video to their users and future share holders.

This said, as Twitter user, I find it to remove a lot of information from my timeline when having tweets text replaced by any media content. With the following, we easily can understand that we can have two tweets where one image stands up in place.

Before November 2013 Since the update
Collapsed images in the Twitter timeline Collapsed images in the Twitter timeline

On a whole page, containing near than 20-30 tweets it removes most of the informations when having a lot of images in it. I prefer Twitter to share text, links and opinions than images. If I wanted to share images I would use Facebook instead.

Also some find this quite annoying. I so have developed a tiny extension that simply hides auto-expanded images from the Twitter timeline while still allowing to expand tweets by your own.

I made the project open-source and pushed it on Github under the Twean name.

Yesterday Geoffrey Dorne published an article on the extension and mobile apps. If it has some more success and some want a Firefox extension, I can decide to develop one too.

24 Replies to “Extension to remove image previews from Twitter timeline”

  1. I can eventually considerate to develop the same extension for Firefox if more people ask for it. I have hundred of other things to do right now.

  2. It’s working! Yay! You’re my new best friend. Thank you.
    And if you do ever get around to creating the extension for Firefox, I will be eternally grateful. 🙂 Thanks!

  3. I’m back to bug you. 🙂 Any chance you’re planning to develop the extension for Firefox?

  4. Just recommended this great extension to several other people on Twitter that are Chrome users

  5. Thank you Pat.

    I hope that changes Twitter has planned on its web interface will not break the magic. I’ll try to take care of it as soon as it will be published anyway. I’m the first user of my own extension and can’t use Twitter without it. 😉

  6. 10/27/15 – Twean is no longer hiding images, videos, etc. on Twitter. Trouble seems to have started today.

  7. Thank you for the report.

    It seems that Twitter still changed its timeline design and broke the way the extension works.

    I can’t work on it right now, but I’ll do as soon as possible. I personally use the extension everyday, so it really will.

  8. Thank you so much! Will you contact me when the extension is ready? I’m @karensydney on Twitter. Or I can just check back here.

    Thanks!!

  9. Hi Karen, it will automatically be update in your Chrome browser when the new version will be published. You’ll have nothing to do.

  10. Here we go again. 🙂 As I’m sure you’re aware, Twitter did another update that made Twean inoperable. Thanks in advance for your fix.

  11. For those looking for the info. It’s already updated regarding Twitter changes right now.

    To force the update of the extension, if it doesn’t updated automatically :
    – Right click the extension
    – Choose “manage the extensions” in the menu
    – Click in the “update extensions now” button in the “manage the extensions” screen

  12. You know what I’m going to say…. Twean is inoperable again. Thanks in advance for your fix. 🙂

  13. He he ! Hello Karen, I fixed it this morning.

    Try closing integraly all of your Chrome windows and reopen it. It should already work.

    Have a good day.

  14. Security issues with twitter kept getting hacked altho I use Password Generator 17 digits to bypass Windows memory had to switch back to Firefox & so sad I miss Twean.. Mozilla sent me a link to something in test for expanded images which I downloaded but not sure why it’s not working I will have to turn off a couple of extensions that may be blocking it.. I really miss Twean & while I thought of using the 2 browsers & just Chrome for twitter it would defeat the security issues I’m having.. It was a nice ride while it lasted.. @imwatchingtoo

  15. had to go back to Chrome FF just wasn’t doing it for me now I have Twean again YAH

  16. Hi Pat, thanks a lot for your kind messages and sorry that Firefox doesn’t made it for you. Have a nice day !

  17. Using Opera now with Twean extension via Chrome store ext but had to open up the image selection because it was blocking a lot of pics.. Not sure if it’s Twitter again but some pics people tweeted came up with a blank screen when clicked on but once I opened image view it was ok..

  18. Hello Pat. I noticed that too. Twitter made minor UI changes monday. I will investigate on this during the weekend. I hope this will be an easy fix. Count for an automatic update on monday, something like that.

    Thanks for the report, this is always awaited.

  19. I just pushed a version which seems to fix the problem. It must automatically update in few hours.

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