What you need to know
- Twitter is testing a brand new feature.
- It will experiment with sending voice messages over DM.
- It recently rolled out audio tweets in June.
Twitter is to begin testing a new feature which will allow users to send direct voice messages to other users, after recently announcing new audio tweets.
From The Verge:
The feature was first noted as being in testing by Matt Navarra a couple of weeks ago and had been rumored since August after it was found by developer Alessandro Paluzzi in Twitter's code.
#Twitter is working on the possibility of sending voice messages in DM 👀 pic.twitter.com/QYmg287waJ#Twitter is working on the possibility of sending voice messages in DM 👀 pic.twitter.com/QYmg287waJ— Alessandro Paluzzi (@alex193a) August 12, 2020August 12, 2020
Twitter is testing Audio Messaging in DMs (in Brazil) 🗣 pic.twitter.com/rzPqtE5QjxTwitter is testing Audio Messaging in DMs (in Brazil) 🗣 pic.twitter.com/rzPqtE5Qjx— Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra) September 12, 2020September 12, 2020
As noted, voice messages will be 20-seconds long and have a simple play/pause button to control received messages. The Twitter product team says it has designed an "in-line recording experience" to make sending voice messages a more natural part of Twitter conversations. There's also a 'report message' feature for the inevitable abuse this feature will likely bring.
Twitter has previously rolled out audio tweets and has come under increasing scrutiny for overlooking accessibility on its platform. In a recent interview, Twitter's design chief Dantley Davis noted Twitter now has a full-time accessibility team, and that it has changed its product development process so that accessibility is "always considered during even the conceptualization of features."
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