O Twitter released on Monday (28) an audio messaging feature by DM in Brazil, available to almost all iOS users (iPhone and iPad) in the country. The novelty was already in testing, and they will be extended soon. This will reach Android and the web in the future, where it is already possible to listen to the voice recordings.
Twitter already tested audio via DM in Brazil
For now, you will need to use the Twitter app on your iPhone or iPad to send audio messages, using a button next to the text field. They can be heard on iOS, Android and the web. There will be a small media player on the DM interface to play and pause the recording.
In August, developer Alessandro Paluzzi found evidence of DMs by audios. Weeks later, the feature reached some users, but without official confirmation from Twitter.
There are two ways to record audio, similar to what we found on WhatsApp and Telegram:
- tap the record icon once, speak your message and tap again to stop, with the option to listen before sending or deleting;
- press and hold the record icon, and slide it up to send immediately.
Promotional video of DM voicemail from Twitter pic.twitter.com/uB5NFPHIrE
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“We know that people want more options to express themselves in Twitter conversations, both public and private,” says Alex Ackerman-Greenberg, product manager at Twitter, to The Verge.
He mentions private (DMs) and public conversations: since June, Twitter has allowed some iOS users to send voice messages in tweets: they can be up to 140 seconds and appear on the timeline as a video with the user’s face.
Updated; originally published on September 24