Twitter: Accessible Tweeting

Adding Image Descriptions

Before you can add alt text to photos and memes you Tweet, you have to select this feature in your settings.

Select Profile and Settings (which you find by selecting your profile photo in the top right of your browser).

Then Settings and Privacy.
Cursor hovers over settings and privacy in dropdown menu

On the left-hand side, select Accessibility.
Cursor hovers over accessibility link

Check the box labeled Compose Image Descriptions.
Cursor hovers over checkbox

Save your settings.

Now when you Tweet, choose Add Photos or Video.

Upload the image. Then select Add Description.
Cursor hovers over Add Description just under photo thumbnail in tweet

Next type the alt text in the text box provided.
Image reads design is powerful and below it is a text box for the alt text

IMPORTANT: Make sure to add alt text at the time you Tweet the image because you cannot add it later.

Accessibility and Hashtags

Hashtags offer a great way for people to follow a specific topic on Twitter. It is recommended that hashtags be used to indicate such topics but not overused, as this can make understanding a tweet more difficult.

Using camel case is also recommended. Camel case is capitalizing the first letter of each word.

Instead of:


Notice in this case the first letter of disability and the first letter of inclusion are both capitalized.

Accessible Videos and Twitter

[Content out of date. Will be be updated soon. Captioning now possible in Twitter videos.] There is currently no way to add captions to videos created using the Twitter App. To share accessible videos, you will need to create them in another application such as YouTube and share them to Twitter.

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This tutorial has been developed through a cooperative agreement with Arkansas iCAN through a project focused on Increasing Digital Access in Arkansas.