Elon Musk, the tech mogul, made waves last year by eliminating headlines from article links shared on X (formerly Twitter) to enhance the aesthetic appeal of posts. In October, headlines vanished entirely, replaced by the direct display of link images. However, recent developments suggest a change in this approach, with headlines making a comeback on X, but with a unique twist.
According to a report from The Verge, headlines have returned to X, albeit in a modified form. Instead of appearing in a separate white box, they now function as overlays on the link's picture. The Verge shared a screenshot revealing smaller headlines in white font overlaying the link image. This adjustment aligns with the previous display method on X, where the source website's name appeared at the bottom left of the linked photo.
While The Verge's report indicates that full headlines are making a return as overlays, the feature is currently accessible to only a limited number of users. Attempts by IndiaToday Tech to post a link on X did not display the new headlines, suggesting that the feature may roll out to all users in the near future.
The Verge also noted instances where headline text was truncated if it exceeded a certain length. Elon Musk had hinted at the return of headlines to X in a November 2023 tweet, emphasizing their presentation as overlays on images due to the importance of every pixel. The tweet outlined plans for an upcoming release, where X would overlay titles in the upper portion of the image on a URL card.
While a re-shared tweet prompted clarification from Elon Musk that headlines would only appear as overlays on images, he reiterated the significance of every pixel in the visual presentation on X.