Anyone who has a Twitter account knows the many changes the company has brought into the whole experience in the last few months. The network started displaying news from people you didn’t follow when you refreshed the news feed, made important news easier to spot at the top of your stream and generally improved the way it kept you connected to mass-media. But when it came to creating new tools, Twitter had pressed paused for a while.
Behold the newest instruments developed: group direct messaging and new video features, such as recording videos on iOS and Android apps and being able to share them. The new aspects were expected for some time now.
It is not fresh news that the 140-characters limit is no longer the only characteristic of Twitter. The video options, in various forms, existed before; for example, the company owns the sibling network, Vine, where you can shoot and upload 6-seconds videos. Jinen Kamdar, Twitter’s product director, explains that Twitter is not confined to statuses, offering an experience full of images, gifs, videos and Vines, shared by some of the most iconic brands and popular public figures.
However, until now, Twitter did not have an incorporated shoot and share option. That has changed, and in the process of composing a tweet, you can now press the camera icon and switch to video mode. The time limit is 30 seconds, and you can use them to make video collages within the app. Whatever video footage you post will come up in your stream, just like pictures or any other files. Also, iPhone users will be able to post video from Camera Roll, an option which will be compatible with Android sometime later this year. The video feature will make Twitter an even more iconic social media network, easing the way in which news and pop culture trivia is being shared.
The second innovation, the group direct message feature was in the experimental phase for a while now. The finished service will allow users to create group chats with up to 20 followers, and their ability to participate and reply will not be restricted to people who follow each other. You will be able to share absolutely anything, just like on your news feed, including emoji, and public conversations could become private. This feature will unclutter the mess of platform conversations, allowing the users to DM in private.
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