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SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 19 ― Twitter is turning up the volume. Voice messages are a massive trend at the moment on social networks and Twitter is no exception. In India, Brazil and Japan, it is now possible to send voice notes as a private message to users. A function that is in the test phase and may well be extended in the future to other countries.
Audio is definitely the way of the future on social networks. With the rise of Clubhouse, platforms are coming up with more and more ideas for integrating audio into their social networks. Twitter has just announced a new test launched in India, Japan and Brazil where it will now be possible to send voice messages in private.
🎤test,🎤test: Starting today, you'll be able to record and send voice messages in DMs 😉 Here’s how👇— Twitter India (@TwitterIndia) February 17, 2021
PS. The experiment will be rolled out in phases. pic.twitter.com/aqQM6h9sof
A voice message limited to 140 seconds
Like the platform's old tweets limited to 140 characters, these voice messages will have a maximum time duration of 140 seconds. Users in the countries concerned by this test can therefore now go to their private messages to try out this new feature. For the moment, voicemail messages can only be sent via the Twitter mobile application, under Android and iOS, but internet users can still listen to them using the website. “India is a priority market for Twitter and that is why we're constantly testing new features and learning from people's experience on the service here. We're excited to bring the voice messages in DMs experiment to the country and give people a new way to express themselves and help them connect through the nuances, emotion, and empathy built by hearing someone's voice,” said Manish Maheshwari, Managing Director, Twitter India in a statement picked up by Android Central.
For the time being, Twitter has not indicated whether this feature will be deployed globally, but given the growing audio trend on social networks, this is a strong possibility. Lately Twitter had already allowed a few privileged people using the application under iOS to test “Spaces,” its group audio chat. ― ETX Studio