This blog post from the American Foundation for the Blind: “Big News: Twitter Is Adding Alt Text for Images” got me really excited. The post can be found on the web at:

http://www.afb.org/blog/afb-blog/big-news-twitter-is-adding-alt-text-to-images/12 Now you can tweet me pictures that you have described in an alt text tag.

It’s a five minute process to do this the first time, even if you’re as technologically unsophisticated as I am. Follow these steps:

  1. Power down and power up your phone to be sure the latest version of Twitter is installed.
  2. Open the Twitter app and go to settings and accessibility within settings.
  3. Check the spot that says add descriptions (or words to that effect) and you’re ready to go.

When you next tweet a picture, the app will automatically ask you if you want to describe it, which of course you do because you want all of your followers to know what the pic is even if they can’t see it. The first person I follow on Twitter who does this can choose between my publicly thanking you or my silent gratitude. Those of you who maintain a Twitter account for a nonprofit or public organization, please lead the pack! Not just because it’s the law, but because it will let Facebook and others know they could do likewise.

Cheers to Twitter and to you when you use this labeling process.

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