I always wanted Instagram to allow users to leave voice notes in the comments section but I guess I’ll settle for Twitter’s version.
Last week Twitter announced a new feature for iPhone users. You can now tweet your voice. “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,” the company stated on launch day. Right now only a limited amount of people have access to it. But once it’s widely released, the process is fairly simple. You’ll see a new waveform icon next to the camera. All you do is tap it and the red record button will show up on your screen. Then, just tap the record button to record your message.
Currently, audio can only be added to original tweets. Meaning, you can’t include them with replies or comments with retweets. Another slightly annoying thing is that your default photo will appear with every voice tweet. “Your current profile photo will be added as a static image on your audio attachment and will not refresh if you update your profile photo,” Twitter says. So I guess, make sure that’s current.
Each voice tweet can be up to 140 seconds of audio. Similar to Instagram when you’re recording a video — if you surpass the 140 seconds, a new voice tweet starts automatically — creating a thread. Twitter hopes to add more personality and preferences for all users through “tweet your voice.” If you aren’t part of the limited group, check back in a few weeks. They plan to release the feature to all users gradually.