Accessible Twitter service Easy Chirp used Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2014 to announce a new feature that allows users to tweet images with a description attached. This tool will make it radically easier to include screen reader users in social media.
Increasingly, exchanging images on social media is a fundamental way people interact online. The popularity of trends such as memes has meant that much of the information people share online is locked away in an image, beyond the reach of a screen reader.
Easy Chirp was developed by WebAxe founder Dennis Lembree as an accessible Twitter client. The service offers an alternative interface to Twitter that made up for Twitter’s inaccessibility. As Twitter has become more accessible, Easy Chirp has continued to offer features specifically suited to blind users.
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