Twitter is currently testing a new feature that allows users to accompany their tweets with an audio / audio message of up to 140 seconds. Voice tweets are gradually being published on iOS.
As you can see in this example, to create an audio clip on a tweet, users will be able to click on the new icon depicting a wave at the bottom left of the window to write a tweet. You can then record your own voice, with your profile picture on the screen and the recording progress bar below.
You can Tweet a Tweet. But now you can Tweet your voice!
Rolling out today on iOS, you can now record and Tweet with audio. pic.twitter.com/jezRmh1dkD
– Twitter (@Twitter) June 17, 2020
As shown in the third screenshot below, the audio clips will appear in streams and tweets with your profile picture in the center of playback. While the limit for audio clips is 140 seconds , Twitter has stated that once you reach the time limit for an audio tweet, a new voice clip will start recording automatically to create a clip thread. voice messages, so that you can post longer voice messages.
🔊 The vocal at the heart of Twitter’s strategy
Twitter has been experimenting with voice message options for quite some time. Already in 2018, Twitter launched a live audio broadcast feature, on both Twitter and Periscope, which actually allowed, technically, to share audio in tweets, but not directly. You can see the announcement of this feature below.
Sometimes you just want to talk without being in front of the camera. We only start audio broadcasts, so followers can hear you, but they can’t see you.
Release now for iOS. pic.twitter.com/tBsm37NcdH
September 7, 2018 In May 2020,
as part of the user experience test, the Twitter design team ridiculed the display options for audio tweets, which they called “listen now.”
Obviously, this was associated with a broader test of vocal tweets being published today. In the Twitter thread, Maya Gold, Twitter’s product designer, provided additional information about this audio tweet development process, stating that she also had voice recording with friends and that she finally chose to remove all audio editing options to keep the user interface simple. Gold says the two options are likely to be added at a later stage, depending on how the audio tweets are used.
As always, trying to learn quickly while keeping our big vision safe, we had to make some tough design calls. For ex, we have stripped out the editing features in favor of editing them after we learn more about people’s registration needs on Twitter. Mayagpatterson, June 17, 2020
A gateway to a new level of aggression?
One of the concerns raised by many users is the ability to use audio tweets as a new form of social abuse, because the most aggressive and expressive nature of a person’s voice can amplify such attacks (i.e. clean and symbolic meaning). Twitter has attempted to address this situation somewhat by not allowing users to reply to tweets using audio clips at this point, which may reduce interactive attacks. But you can always mention a user in your audio tweet, so tracks can still be misused this way. We will have to wait and see if it is a problem.
In general, this feature is a static addition that matches the current audio direction. However, watch out for this feature being misused. We know that Twitter is the preferred platform for Internet users to easily spread their hatred. Do this writing one command. If he becomes a voice, we risk reaching a new stage of aggression. Audio tweets will be available first to a limited group of Twitter users on iOS, but will be expanded to all iOS users in the coming weeks. Other platforms will follow soon.