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Twitter tests voice messages in direct messages in India

Shreoshree Chakrabarty February 17, 2021

People head to Twitter to follow, discover and have conversations about the things that matter to them and Twitter is testing voice messages in direct messages (DMs) or voice messages in India, in order to make conversations easier for people. Alongside Brazil and Japan, India becomes one of the three countries to have access to this feature and the experiment will be rolled out in phases to Indian audiences.

Manish Maheshwari, Managing Director, Twitter India, “India is a priority market for Twitter and that is why we’re constantly testing new features and learning from people’s experience on the service here. We’re excited to bring the voice messages in DMs experiment to the country and give people a new way to express themselves and help them connect through the nuances, emotion, and empathy built by hearing someone’s voice.”

This feature can help people chat quickly when there is too much to the type or when on the move. The voice messages can last up to 140 seconds long. Twitter wants to create a more human experience for listeners and storytellers alike, as there’s a lot that can be left unsaid or uninterpreted using text.

Alex Ackerman-Greenberg, Product Manager for direct messages at Twitter, says, “We are dedicated to giving people more options to express themselves in conversations on Twitter — both publicly and privately. We hope letting people record and send voice messages as DMs will enhance their conversational experience by adding convenience and expression.”

Now, the question is how do you send a voice message in DM?

  • Tap the new voice recording icon once to begin recording in a DM conversation, for a hands-free experience. Once you are done, tap on the stop icon. In addition to that, you can even listen to your recording before sending or deleting it.
  • And for iOS, by holding down the voice recording icon and swiping up you can also quick-send after you’re done talking.

These messages can be listened to by anyone, anywhere and however, they use Twitter. But recording feature is only available over DM for people on Twitter for iOS and Android in India, Japan and Brazil.

To learn more, click here.


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