18 March 2019
Twitter is one of the biggest social media platforms but unlike most of the others, it has a majority of the content in the form of texts instead of the modern trend of photos and videos. This is exactly what Twitter is hoping to change with the release of a revamped camera within the app. It will be rolled out to all the users in the coming days with the aim of encouraging them to share more photos and videos.
This newly added Twitter camera can be accessed by launching the app and swiping left. The process is similar to how it happens on Instagram but with the change in swiping direction. Once the camera is launched, there are two options Capture and Live. The first option is meant for clicking photos (one tap) and recording videos (tap and hold) up to two minutes long. As for the second option, it is meant for going live for your followers via Periscope.
When a photo has been clicked, it offers a chyron to add location and caption. The color of the chyron is Blue by default but there are five more color options to choose from. There are no other fancy features like stickers and filters, at least for the time being. It is because Twitter currently wants to make it faster for users to click photos/videos which will enhance the existing usability of the platform.
In What's Happening, Twitter will be showing images and videos related to a particular event or ongoing trend to offer a better context. It has already made it clear that posts with media will not be boosted automatically but will only be considered for making the What's Happening section more useful.
For those of you who prefer to add all the fancy items to your shots and become a little more creative, those options are still available via the tweet composer interface. But as mentioned in the beginning, it will take some days for the new Twitter camera to become available for everyone.