O Twitter released a novelty this Wednesday (17th) for some iPhone users: the voice tweets allow you to record audios and publish them directly on the timeline. Each message is limited to 140 seconds and appears on the timeline with the profile photo and a media player.
It works like this: when creating a new tweet in the iOS app, there is an option with the warning “Record what is happening”. When you touch it, a recorder interface appears to create the audio message; just touch the red microphone button. For now, there is no native feature for sending pre-recorded audio.
The novelty will be released “in the coming weeks” to all Twitter users on iOS; the social network does not mention other platforms, such as Android and the web.
Twitter has 140 seconds limit for audio tweets
As Twitter explains, audios are limited to 140 seconds (reflecting the old 140 character limit on Twitter). You can record messages longer than that, but they will be cut into two or more tweets published in sequence.
“When you reach the time limit for a tweet, a new voice tweet automatically starts to create a sequence of messages,” says Twitter in a statement.
The audio is displayed on the timeline with the profile photo and duration. When you tap it, the iPhone app shows a bar at the bottom to play and pause; you can listen to voice tweets with the app in the background.
On the web, on Android and in embedded tweets (example below), the message appears in the traditional video format:
NEW Twitter feature alert!
Audio clips for tweets pic.twitter.com/lhiSZT71U8
– Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra) June 17, 2020
Remember that Periscope, Twitter’s live video tool, allows you to include guests to comment on broadcasts via voice messages. Now, it will also be possible to post audios on the timeline; it was only missing to have this feature in direct messages (DMs), as in Instagram.