New Delhi | Jagran Technology Desk: The spree of features which Twitter started to roll out since last couple of months – from scheduling tweets to much talked-about fleets feature – is going to get another exceptional expressive feature, which can truly transform the communicative dynamism of the micro blogging site.

The San Francisco-based tech giant is rolling out a feature which will enable its users to record audio snippets and attach them to their tweets. The feature is currently being tested through ‘a limited number of people on Apple’s iOS Operating System.

Tweeting via a voice tweet is similar to regular tweeting, but users are supposed to tap a newly developed icon to ‘Record’ their tweets. A voice tweet, like Twitter’s previous word limit is limited to just 140 seconds, however, users can keep on recording and a thread will be created automatically.

“Sometimes 280 characters aren’t enough and some conversational nuances are lost in translation. So starting today, we’re testing a new feature that will add a more human touch to the way we use Twitter — your very own voice,” Twitter’s Maya Patterson and Rémy Bourgoin wrote in a blog post.

“Each voice tweet captures up to 140 seconds of audio. Have more to say? Keep talking. Once you reach the time limit for a tweet, a new voice tweet starts automatically to create a thread,” Twitter was quoted as saying by The Verge. Audios, however, can just be tweeted out in the original tweets and not in replies or Retweets.

“Your current profile photo will be added as a static image on your audio attachment and will not refresh if you update your profile photo,” Twitter says.

A user can listen to the audio tweets by tapping the ‘Play’ icon. On iOS, Twitter has highlighted in its Blog Post that a dock will appear near the bottom of the app so one can listen to audio tweets and continue scrolling through the timeline as well at the same time. The audio tweets will also keep playing in the background if a user switches to another app.

Does it open the new doors for online abuse?

Since the audio tweets can only be included in the original Twitter posts, and cannot be included in the tweet replies or retweets, the worry of new doors of online abuse/trolling through this feature do not hold any ground. In addition, a Twitter spokesperson was also quoted as saying by CNN that it is working to incorporate additional monitoring systems ahead of rolling voice tweets out more broadly. “We will review any reported voice tweets in line with its rules and take action,” Twitter spokesperson added.

Posted By: Talib Khan