16 March 2021
Twitter has announced that it has begun beta testing the Voice DMs feature. It originally revealed plans to implement the feature last year and is now ready to test it in the public domain. The feature is currently limited to select users from India, Japan, and Brazil. The rollout is being done in a phased manner which means if you have not received it yet, you should receive it soon enough.
As for how to use Twitter Voice DMs, it is a fairly simple and easy-to-follow process. The app wil show a voice recording icon to users within the conversation interface if the feature is available to them. It will be available alongside existing options like media upload and GIFs. Tapping and holding on to the icon will begin the voice recording and once you are done, simply release the button. It should be noted an individual voice message can be up to 140 seconds long on Twitter.
The good thing is that Twitter even lets you listen to the voice message before sending it to the recipient. It is reported that iOS users also have the ability to send the voice DM instantly after the recording is complete. It can be done by swiping up and releasing the icon. It is unknown when and if this particular function will be brought to Android devices.
Twitter Voice DMs can only be sent via an Android or iOS device but if you only want to listen to them, you can do that via the web browser as well. It seems like the company is focusing heavily on the audio mode of communication. Spaces is another feature that focuses on communicating using one's voice. It is similar to the Clubhouse application where users can create rooms and have audio-only conversations.