The New Voice Tweet Feature Hints The Future Of Twitter

Must Read

Net Worth Of Jeff Bezos Is More Than Combined Net Worth of India’s Top 10 Richest People!

Jeff Bezos and the phrase 'World's Richest Person' has become synonym to each other. But after the...

Search Engine Optimization In Digital Era: Look Beyond Traffic

Search engine optimization, aka SEO, plays a vital role in today's online world, especially if it's about...

The Sudden Rise In The Demand Of Refurbished Smartphones In India!

The new normal is changing the dynamics of the Indian smartphone industry. In the last two to...

Twitter, the popular microblogging platform, after it has recently launched a new feature known as Fleets, is all set to roll out another exciting new feature that will be rolling out today. What is it? Let’s find out.

Twitter is all set to roll out a feature that will give you the ability to record audio snippets and then attach them to tweets. This particular new feature will be made available on iOS first and it is being launched today for a limited group of beta testers only.

Maya Patterson and Rémy Bourgoin from Twitter, in a blog post, has written how they feel that a mere 280 characters sometimes isn’t just enough to express oneself. Also, by limiting thought or an idea by a set number of characters one can lose the conversational nuances in translation. Thus, they have decided to test out this new feature of including audio snippets in order to add a ‘more human touch’ to the way we have been accustomed to using the Twitter platform.

Advertisements

Now, if you are someone who has been struck by lady luck and got a chance to access this feature then you will be able to see a new waveform icon beside the camera icon when you are composing a tweet.

When you tap this particular waveform icon a red record button will appear at the bottom of the screen which is to basically indicate the user that they can tap that to start recording the voice or audio message.

According to Twitter, this feature enables every voice tweet to capture up to 140 seconds of audio. Now, in case you have more to add, you can simply keep recording even after you have reached the time limit for the voice tweet. The feature will record your exceeded time limit audio as a new voice tweet and then create a thread.

Source: Verge

Twitter’s help section for this new feature clarifies a few more guidelines about using this feature such as – audio can only be added to original tweets. As of right now, users who will be given access to this feature won’t be able to include them in replies or retweets with a comment. 

Apart from this, another minor detail that needs to be noted is the fact that to whatever your profile picture happens to be when you are recording an audio clip, it will always be attached to that particular audio tweet. Twitter’s guidelines from the help page clearly mention that a user’s current profile photo will be added as a static image on the audio attachment and will not refresh even if you update your profile photo later on.

Advertisements

These audio tweets can be listened to by simply hitting the play button. Twitter has mentioned that a dock will be appearing for iOS device users near the bottom of the app so that users can simultaneously listen to audio tweets and continue scrolling through the timeline. Also, if you are in a public place, you should keep in mind that the audio tweets will keep playing in the background even if you switch to another app. Thus, always make sure you pause or stop the audio tweets and then switch to another app if you do not wish to keep listening to them.

New Audio Tweet Feature: Future With Challenges

The increasing voice computing nowadays has made Twitter look beyond the standard Text-based platform. Twitter, which has over 166 Monetiseable Daily Active Users, is trying to capitalise on the increasing popularity of voice-based computing. Over the last few quarters, the usage of voice based messages on popular messaging platforms have increased significantly. Internet and Social media users are actively using voice-based platforms for blogging as well. The increasing number of Audio Books and Podcast users is a testimony to the fact that voice-based computing is going mainstream.

However, every new feature comes with its own set of challenges, for users and platforms both.

It should be kept in mind that audio tweets, if and when rolled out in its entirety, can pose a new challenge for Twitter when it comes to moderation.

Also, apart from this, this particular feature also possesses a challenge in terms of accessibility for people who are living with disabilities of being deaf or hard of hearing.

When the company was reached out for a comment on the same, a Twitter spokesperson replied saying that this feature is in its nascent stage. However, in saying so, they (Twitter) are committed to exploring the best ways to meet the various needs of people who have different abilities. 

Now, it remains to be seen how will the Twitterverse will be reacting to this brand new voice tweet feature, and when the same will be rolled out for Android users as well. Is this the dawn of the Twitter 2.0? We will keep you posted on all future developments. Until then, stay tuned.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest News

Global 5G Chipset Market: $22.41 Billion By 2026, Driven by 5G Smartphones

As the world has started shifting from 4G to 5G era, the global 5G chipset market has...

Launch Of JioMeet Will Make Zoom To Be The 60th Chinese App To Get Banned In India?

Today as soon as the launch of JioMeet was formally announced by Mukesh Ambani, the frontman of Reliance Industries, people quickly found...

Intel Invest in Jio Platforms: A Chance For Redemption In The Smartphone Market?

If you thought Mukesh Ambani was finally going to stop the stake selling spree in Jio Platforms after RIL was recently announced...

With The Launch of JioMeet Reliance Sets Its Eyes On Video Conferencing Market!

The race to dominate the video conferencing market has just become more interesting. As we are going through the...

Facebook To Shutdown Lasso, The TikTok Competitor: A Well Calculated Move?

By now almost everyone is aware of how Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) always attempts to copy every other popular app that tries to...

Net Worth Of Jeff Bezos Is More Than Combined Net Worth of India’s Top 10 Richest People!

Jeff Bezos and the phrase 'World's Richest Person' has become synonym to each other. But after the latest jump in the net...

In-Depth: Dprime

Will The Online Food Delivery Market in India End Up Becoming A Two-Horse Race?

It's pretty much evident that the food delivery space in India is all set to get riled up soon enough as one...

Fantastic 4: Four Day Work Week A Flashpoint Of Innovation?

It has been an idea that has been mooted by many, perhaps also somewhat sceptically. From being a dark horse to becoming...

TikTok Is Facing The Wrath Of People Who Love It The Most

Ever since the popular social media app TikTok entered India, it has been growing very aggressively in terms of users. Within a...

More Articles Like This