After videos and Fleets, Twitter is now making voice tweets a core part of the platform. The micro-blogging social network is rolling out a whole new ability to record short audio snippets and attach them to their tweets. Well, the ability to record and attach audio snippets as tweets is currently limited to “ a limited group of people.”
Twitter launches Voice tweets
In their recent blog post, Twitter’s Staff Product Designer Maya Patterson and Senior Software Engineer Rémy Bourgoin wrote:
“…Sometimes 280 characters aren’t enough and some conversational nuances are lost in translation… We’re testing a new feature that will add a more human touch to the way we use Twitter – your very own voice.”
See the audio tweet in action!
When composing a tweet, eligible users shall discover a new option icon beside the camera icon. So, are you ready to record and attach an audio snippet as your tweet? All you need to do tap that new waveform icon beside the camera icon. A red button will appear at the bottom of your screen. Now, tap the record button to start recording your message.
Supported length of audio tweets
Interestingly, each voice tweet captures up to 140 seconds (or 2 minutes 20 seconds) of audio, as per Twitter. Similarly, Twitter allows users to upload videos up 2 minutes and 20 seconds or less in length.
“Once you reach the time limit for a Tweet, 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.”
How to compose audio tweets
All you need to do is tap the Tweet compose icon and then tap the voice icon. Now, tap the red record button to start recording your message. Make sure to tap Done when you’re finished recording the audio. You can either add Tweet text and/or start a thread with multiple Tweets. If your audio message is longer than 2 minutes 20 seconds, it will be automatically threaded up to 25 Tweets. Finally, tap Tweet to send.
Audio tweets get published as Tweets with audio attachments that other users can discover and play on their Twitter feed. Well, your current profile photo [at the time of composing audio tweet] will be added as a static image on your audio attachment. However, this picture will not refresh even if you update your profile picture in the future.
Audio tweets are currently limited to iOS and there is no word on when the feature will come to Android or web. However, all Twitter users can listen to audio tweets from all of the existing Twitter platforms.
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