Twitter is debuting a new feature that lets iOS users record audio snippets up to 140 seconds, and share them as audio tweets.
When they told me 2020 will be the year of voice, I expected a lot, but not that Twitter would suddenly become a place of voice recorded conversations. Yet, this is where we are at: Audio tweets are now a reality.
Hear us out: we're testing a new way to start a conversation. pic.twitter.com/sZTHwyqaIF
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) June 17, 2020
The new feature is available only for iOS, and for “a limited group of people,” according to the company.
Sometimes 280 characters aren’t enough and some conversational nuances are lost in translation. So 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,” Twitter’s Maya Patterson and Rémy Bourgoin wrote in a blog post.
When starting to compose a tweet, you will see a new waveform icon beside the camera icon. Tap it and you get to record your own audio message before sharing it, alongside a written tweet. You can record up to 140 seconds of audio. That is a lot more content than 280 characters. But I do like the inside joke of using 140 as the limit.
“Each voice tweet captures up to 140 seconds of audio. Have more to say? Keep talking. Once you reach the time limit for a tweet, a new voice tweet starts automatically to create a thread,” Twitter said.