Twitter inc. announced Wednesday that it is testing a new feature that will soon be able to send voice tweets to everyone on the platform. Users must choose to share up to 140 seconds of audio recordings directly in their tweets to accompany text, photos, videos, and GIFs that they can already share with followers.
Twitter said voice tweets and text tweets would not be much different. To start with the Tweet composer, tap the new icon with wavelength. Users will see their avatar with a recording button at the bottom, which can be recorded at the click of this button.
Each voice tweet captures up to 140 seconds of audio. Once the time limit for tweets is reached, new voice tweets automatically start creating a topic. When you’re done, click the “Done” button to end the recording and go back to the composer interface and tweet. People will see their voice tweets appear on the timeline along with other tweets. To listen, click on the image. Currently the feature is only tested on iOS, and playback will start in a new window docked at the bottom of the timeline and can be listened to while scrolling. Users can also do other things on their phones or continue listening on the go.
Twitter said voice tweets will be available to a limited crowd on iOS Twitter, but all iOS users should be able to tweet with their own voice sending them in the coming weeks. Everyone can see (hear) their voice and be able to respond. Twitter hopes that voice tweets will create a more human experience for listeners and storytellers, allowing users to share their views quickly and easily with their voices.