Twitter debuts a new voice tweet feature as a way to add 'human touch' to the platform
- Twitter launched a new feature Wednesday that allows users to tweet out voice notes in place of traditional text posts.
- Voice tweets, which be up to 140 seconds of audio, are intended to create "a more human experience" to tweeting, the company says.
- Twitter says the feature will roll out to all users "in the coming weeks." Here's how to listen to voice tweets in your feed and create your own audio recordings.
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Twitter has debuted a new way for users to post their thoughts and ideas to the platform beyond the traditional 140 characters.
Everyone on the platform will soon be able to send voice tweets, the company announced Wednesday. Users will have to option to share audio recordings of up to 140 seconds directly to their feed to accompany the text, photos, videos, and GIFs they already can share with their followers.
The new feature is designed to "add a more human touch" to using Twitter, the company said in a blog post.
"There's a lot that can be left unsaid or uninterpreted using text, so we hope voice Tweeting will create a more human experience for listeners and storytellers alike," Twitter staffers wrote in the blog post. " 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."
However, some users have already brought up concerns about how the voice text feature could be misused. Vice's Jason Koebler raised questions about how Twitter will moderate audio recordings, given that the platform is criticised as is for its inability to adequately monitor text-only posts. Women, people of colour, and members of the LGBTQ community have detailed experiences over the years of putting up with abusive language, targeted harassment campaigns, and death threats.
It's also worth noting that it doesn't appear that voice tweets yet include an accessibility feature to allow for deaf and hard-of-hearing users to read what audio posts say through closed captioning. For tweets containing images and videos, Twitter lets users compose descriptions of visual content to make their posts accessible to those who are blind or have low vision.
The ability to create voice tweets is only available to a "limited group" of iOS users to start, but Twitter says the feature should roll out to everyone using the Twitter for iOS app "in the coming weeks."
Here's how to listen to voice tweets in your feed and compose your own audio recordings:
To listen to a voice tweet that appears in your feed, simply click on the audio to play. You'll see what audio is playing in a bar across the bottom of your app.
To create a voice tweet, create a post in the same way you would for text.
Then, find the audio option — the icon looks like a bunch of sound waves. If you don't see the icon, that means the voice tweet feature isn't yet available to you. Click this icon to start your recording.
Then, press record. You can tweet out up to 140 seconds worth of audio. If you record more than that, don't worry: A Twitter thread will automatically be created with all your snippets of audio. Then, send tweet.
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