Twitter introduces Voice Tweets

Twitter is all set to introduce the voice tweets feature on its platform. Currently, the feature is under testing.

Twitter introduces Voice Tweets

On Wednesday, Twitter Inc. said it is testing a new feature that will allow its users to tweet using their voice, recording up to 140 seconds of audio in a single tweet. Voice tweets have come up with the latest addition in the already existing list of communication on Twitter which includes: pictures, videos, GIFs and plain texts. Further it was made clear by the platform that initially this feature will be available to a limited number of users on Apple’s iOS platform and will be rolled out to more users in coming weeks. Everyone, regardless of whether they are using iOS, Android device or desktop will be able to see the voice tweets in their feed and listen to them. 

Twitter claimed that since the past years a user has been interacting with others on the platform by sharing pictures, videos and conversations. But sometimes 280 characters prove to be compressing your emotions and thoughts and so to add that human touch and personal vibe they have come up with voice notes feature. The users will be able to see a new icon in the shape ‘wavelength’, to compose the voice tweets on their feed.

Composing a Voice Tweet

Composing a voice tweet is similar to creating any other type of tweet on the platform, as you get a dedicated icon for recording your voice up to 140 seconds that counts to 2 minutes 20 seconds of voice note. You can follow these steps to create a voice tweet.

Composing a Voice Tweet
Composing a Voice Tweet
  1. Open Twitter and go to tweet composer where you need to look for voice tweet icon which resembles an audio wavelength symbol. 
  2. After tapping the voice icon, the screen will pop with your profile picture and the record button just below the picture. Tap on the record button to begin recording.
  3. A single voice tweet can capture only 140 seconds of recording but if you wish to continue speaking you can speak your word and it will be uploaded in the thread of multiple tweets.
  4. The voice tweets will be visible to people in their feeds just like any other tweet.
  5. To listen to a voice tweet one can tap on the tweet and it will start playing.
  6. Voice tweets will play in a new dialogue box that will stay at the bottom of the screen, so that users can listen while still continue to scroll through the feed.

According to a post by Product Designer- Maya Patterson and Software Engineer- Remy Bourgoin, There’s a lot that can be left unsaid or misinterpreted using text, so we hope voice tweeting will create more human experience for listeners and storytellers alike.”

“We further hope that voice tweeting gives you the ability to share your perspectives quickly and easily with your voice.”, further mentioned by the team.

More On Voice Tweets

Talking about this feature, currently, the voice notes are only available to original tweets. This means that the users cannot publish their comments or retweet using the voice tweet feature. The platform currently has not specified whether this will change in the future or not. If we consider the advancements and upgraded technology space then Twitter is largely missing out a huge opportunity for higher users’ engagement on the platform by restricting the voice tweets to only original tweets and not allowing voice replies. On the other hand, not all the replies on tweets will be positive. Voice recordings open up a whole new area for online harassment on Twitter, so in this scenario it’s best that the feature is limited to only original tweets.

Recently, Twitter also came with an update on Android devices where it urged users to read the article before sharing it. This move was a part of Twitter’s goal to encourage “informed discussion” because often people share a link without reading it. This results in click baits which are mostly generated to create an emotional trigger among a specific mass of people. Therefore, Twitter initiated this step where before sharing a link it always asked its user: “Sharing an article can spark conversation, so you may want to read it before you tweet it.” Twitter further added it was a part of their experimental feature and that restricting the feature to single domain users will help them conclude easily whether the feature is of any use or just needs to be eradicated. 

Final Words

Recently, the platform has come up with a number of experimental features because social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc. are under constant pressure to curb abusive content and harassing comments from their platforms and try to make the platform more informative and not dilute the reality by mere views of the masses. Twitter, which adds labels to content containing manipulated media, has also started adding fact-checking labels to certain types of updates like the news on Coronavirus pandemic, election-related misinformation and also included a tweet by US President Donald Trump mail-in ballot. Recently, Twitter also added a warning to a tweet by Trump about Minneapolis protests and said that the tweet glorified violence. 

The recent times have witnessed that social media platforms have generated a large number of concentrated views among the population. The people nowadays just post their thoughts and views online on the virtual platforms which ultimately give rise o a threaded conversation among masses and it somehow leads to separated views and intolerance among users. We cannot deny the fact that social media has helped in generating awareness among the users about all the problems being faced by people in different parts of the world and coming together to help and support one another on these platforms. In the end, we should keep in mind that there’s always a ‘yin to a yang’ and it solely depends on each individual whether he or she wants to promote hate or support the righteous one on these social media platforms. 

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