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Twitter starts rolling out voice tweets that let users add up to 140 seconds of audio to their posts

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Twitter starts rolling out ‘voice tweets’ that let users add up to 140 seconds of audio to their posts to give them a more ‘human touch’

  • The feature is undergoing a small trial prior to full release on the iOS Twitter app
  • Twitter said that it hopes the feature will restore lost ‘conversational nuances’ 
  • Users will create voice tweets via the waveform icon on the compose screen
  • Should one go over 140 seconds, the app will automatically create a thread

Twitter has started to roll out a ‘voice tweet’ feature that let users add up to 140 seconds of audio to their posts to give them a more ‘human touch’

Currently, the ability to compose voice tweets is only available to a small test sample of users, but the feature will eventually receive a full release on the iOS Twitter app. 

Voice posts will appear in Twitter timelines alongside traditional tweets and will be  represented by an animation featuring the poster’s profile picture.

Twitter has started to roll out a'voice tweet' feature that let users add up to 140 seconds of audio to their posts, pictured, in order to give them a more'human touch'

Twitter has started to roll out a ‘voice tweet’ feature that let users add up to 140 seconds of audio to their posts, pictured, in order to give them a more ‘human touch’

‘Twitter is where you go to talk about what’s happening,’ spokespeople Maya Patterson and Rémy Bourgoin wrote in a blog post.

‘Over the years, photos, videos, gifs and extra characters have allowed you to add your own flair and personality to your conversations.’

‘But sometimes 280 characters aren’t enough and some conversational nuances are lost in translation.’

‘So starting today, we’re testing a new feature that will add a more human touch to the way we use Twitter — your very own voice.’

To create their own voice posts, users will select a new icon in the tweet composer screen — resembling a stylised purple waveform — that will open a new recording interface for capturing audio.

Twitter has also confirmed that users will be able to go beyond the 140-second time limit by creating threads, just like with written tweets.

‘Once you reach the time limit for a tweet, a new voice tweet starts automatically to create a thread. Once you’re done, tap the Done button to end your recording and go back to the composer screen to tweet,’ the firm explained.

Twitter has not confirmed when the feature will be made widely available — only reporting that it should appear for users on iOS ‘in the coming weeks’.

Currently, the ability to compose voice tweets (oicturedleft) is only available to a small test sample of users, but the feature will eventually receive a full release on the iOS Twitter app. Voice posts will appear in Twitter timelines alongside traditional tweets and will be represented by an animation featuring the poster's profile picture (right)

Currently, the ability to compose voice tweets is only available to a small test sample of users, but the feature will eventually receive a full release on the iOS Twitter app. Voice posts will appear in Twitter timelines alongside traditional tweets and will be represented by an animation featuring the poster's profile picture (pictured)

Currently, the ability to compose voice tweets (left) is only available to a small test sample of users, but the feature will eventually receive a full release on the iOS Twitter app. Voice posts will appear in Twitter timelines alongside traditional tweets and will be represented by an animation featuring the poster’s profile picture (right)

‘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,’ Ms Patterson and Mr Bourgoin continued.

‘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.’ 

‘We can’t wait to see how people will use this to make their voices heard and add to the public conversation.’

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