India: Twitter’s Voice DM is Here!

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For times when there’s way too much to type in and it’s much easier to record voice messages

Twitter rolls out support for voice direct messages on iOS and Android users in India. Starting today, Twitter did announce the new feature. According to media reports, the audio messages are now available in three countries. Especially, in India, Brazil, and Japan.

It is worth mentioning that last year, Twitter did first announce the plans for launching this new feature – Voice DMs. Also, the company said that the feature is calling it an ‘experiment’. Now, it will roll out in India in phases.

Moreover, Twitter India’s managing director, Manish Maheshwari did issue a statement. In the statement, he said that audio messages are introduced to give people a new way to express themselves. Also, help them connect through emotion, nuances, and empathy that is created by the power of audio.

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Similarly, more features are already available on other platforms like Facebook Messenger, Instagram DMs, and WhatsApp.

Interestingly, Twitter India did release a video showing how the feature works. Now, users can record their audio simply by pressing on the small icon to the right of the message box. And the messages can be up to 140 seconds only. In addition, there is an option to review a voice message before sending it. Though, it is not possible to send voice messages from the web at the moment. Although, it is quite not possible to send voice messages from the web currently. But reportedly, browsers can still playback the audio messages.

However, Twitter traditionally is a text-based platform. Over the last year, it did test a number of audio features. Including, audio tweets. In fact, Twitter is testing audio tweets on iOS and Twitter Spaces, too. Twitter Spaces are voice chat rooms similar to what Clubhouse offers. Though, Twitter’s voice messages did even face criticism for their lack of options for accessibility.

Hence, the company did announce that it is setting up new teams for the same. Also, it will add automated captions to audio and video on the platform in 2021.

 

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