Adding Pictures to Your Online Writing: A Quick How-to for Twitter

There’s this old cliché about a picture being worth a thousand words.

One could argue semantics about old axioms all day, but one thing is clear; we love pictures.

For starters, most people are visual learners. A tremendous amount of the brain’s power goes to visual processing.

Our brains are hard-wired to extract an extraordinary amount of information from visual cues. What’s more is that we process that information extremely quickly. We can recognize familiar faces and objects in fractions of a second.

Advertisers take advantage of these natural proclivities. We know this.

But why not use this to our advantage. We spend a great deal of time curating the words we use, why don’t we spend more time curating the images that come to mind with those words?

Over the last several weeks, I have attached photos to my posts. Sometimes they are precisely what I need to say the words I don’t yet have the ability to write. To attach further meaning and allow greater connection.

I’ve had some folks ask about how to add second image next to atomic essays.

Here is a quick how-to:

1. Assemble lead-in tweet and essay

2. Add second image by clicking “media” icon in bottom left of Tweet window (red arrow in image)

3. Select image to display next to essay

4. You can display up to 4 images total, in a quad formation

5. Voila

It’s super easy to add a picture to your writing tweets and increase the impact of your words.

A picture may or may not be worth a thousand words, but it’s certainly worth more than zero.

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