12 August 2020
In the past few months, Twitter has been busy beta testing different features and functionalities with users around the world. It has announced new testing that will allow users to attach audio clips to tweets. In other words, Twitter users can now send audio tweets to express themselves by adding a human touch to their views.
The audio tweets support is currently limited to iOS devices and that too randomly selected users. It is available within the compose tweet box as a wave icon on the bottom left side. This will open a new interface similar to audio recording apps with a play/pause button. Once the recording is completed, tap the Done option which will take you back to the compose tweet interface where one needs to publish the tweet as usual.
Twitter says that each audio tweet can only be up to 140 seconds long. This is not surprising considering it puts character limit on textual tweets as well. It also used to be 140 characters but was expanded to 280 characters last year with the goal of providing more room to users. A user can continue to record beyond 140 seconds but the app will automatically divide it into multiple audio tweets in the form of a thread.
The ability to record and publish audio tweets is available only on iOS with no words on Android expansion. As for users, they will see audio tweets in their feed with a card-like interface similar to how video tweets are visible. The only difference is that there will not be any video to play and these tweets will not auto-play. A user will have to tap the play icon to listen to the audio tweet.