“Starting today, we’re testing a new feature that will add a more human touch to the way we use Twitter – you...Read More
Social media platform Twitter is set to change the way how people tweet. In a blog post, Twitter announced that it is introducing voice-based tweets. “Starting today, we’re testing a new feature that will add a more human touch to the way we use Twitter – your very own voice,” said the company in a blog post.
Twitter said that over the years users have had the option of expressing or “add your own flair and personality to your conversations” with videos, photos, gifs and extra characters. “But sometimes 280 characters aren’t enough and some conversational nuances are lost in translation,” noted the blog post.
Tweeting with your voice is not too different from tweeting with text, said Twitter. To use this feature, users will have to open the Tweet composer and tap the new icon with wavelengths. You’ll see your profile photo with the record button at the bottom – tap this to record your voice.
Each voice tweet captures up to 140 seconds of audio and once you reach the time limit, a new voice tweet starts automatically to create a thread. Once you’re done, tap the Done button to end your recording and go back to the composer screen to Tweet.
Twitter clarified that creating voice Tweets will be available to a limited group of people on Twitter for iOS to start. However, in the coming weeks everyone on iOS should be able to tweet with their voice. “Everyone will be able to see (hear) them and reply,” said Twitter. There was no mention about when the feature will roll out on Android smartphones.
“Whether it’s #storytime about your encounter with wild geese in your neighbourhood, a journalist sharing breaking news, or a first-hand account from a protest, we hope voice Tweeting gives you the ability to share your perspectives quickly and easily with your voice. We can’t wait to see how people will use this to make their voices heard and add to the public conversation,” the blog post further noted.