INTRO: After rolling out an experimental ‘audio tweet’ feature on iOS back in June, Twitter is now testing voice DMs. On Wednesday, the company’s product manager for direct messages, Alex Ackerman-Greenberg, told The Verge that the feature will offer people yet one more thanks to communicate on the platform. “We know people want more options for a way they express themselves in conversations on Twitter — both publicly and privately”, he said. Interestingly, Greenberg sent the message to The Verge’s Chris Welch through a 20-second voice DM.
As are often seen within the screenshot below, the voice message interface on Twitter are going to be relatively simple and clutter-free, with only one ‘Play/Pause’ button. The recipient also can report a message if they find it to be offensive or if they believe that the feature is being misused. According to Welch, the interface will offer an “in-line recording experience to form it easier to send these messages as a part of the natural conversation flow”.
It is worth noting here that Twitter isn’t the primary social networking platform to supply voice DMs. Both Facebook and Instagram offer the feature on their respective platforms, but having it on Twitter could be a game-changer for several . Audio DMs will initially start rolling call at Brazil before possibly expanding to other markets. There is, however, no ETA for a worldwide rollout just yet.
Twitter users are going to be hoping that the new feature are going to be better executed than the audio tweets functionality which received scathing criticism for its half-baked implementation. In an interview with Protocol, Twitter’ Design chief Dantley Davis accepted that the corporate was too hasty in rolling out the feature, but promised that things are going to be different going forward.