16 March 2021
Twitter will soon start testing voice Direct Messages so as to offer its users more ways to converse. Alex Ackerman-Greenberg, product manager for direct messages at Twitter has reportedly told The Verge that the company will be testing voice DMs soon and Brazil will be the first country to have it.
The executive shared the news via a 15-second voice message, stating, “We know people want more options for how they express themselves in conversations on Twitter — both publicly and privately.”
The tech publication has shared the screenshot as well which shows the feature has a simple and clean UI. There is just a play/pause button inside the DM window of the sender.
The product team designed an “in-line recording experience to make it easier to send these messages as part of the natural conversation flow.” This makes it different from the audio tweets interface that Twitter had rolled out to some iOS users in June.
Currently, users can send text, GIFs, images, and videos in DMs on Twitter. And, soon they will be able to send voice messages as well. The screenshot shows how the received voice messages UI looks like. But it does not show how one would record the message. Presumably, one would require to record the message by long-pressing the option, just like we do in WhatsApp.
Users will also get an option to report the voice message in case the new feature is misused. While this is confirmed that voice DMs on Twitter will soon be a thing, the exact launch of it is unknown. Well, let’s see when the testing begins and do let us know if you get the option in your DM interface.