Twitter has started rolling out two new features to all its users. The next update will allow you to group chat via direct messages, and create video from the app itself to share with your followers. Neil Patrick Harris became the first person in the world to use the video tweet, and now Twitter confirms that Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh Khan is the first from India to use the native video tool. Also Read - Your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram account can get deleted if you do thisAlso Read - Twitter will now sell a ticket for you to join Spaces, aims to help creators earn money
He appears to be on the balcony of a building while shooting the video. In the video, he says that the new tool is ‘pretty awesome’ and that he is excited to use this platform to share more of his life through the micro-blogging site via video. Also Read - You can now share tweets as Instagram Stories: Here's how to do so with these simple steps
Twitter India (@TwitterIndia) January 28, 2015
The global roll out of the native video tool is underway, and it might take a while before it hits your smartphone. The video feature is simple to use, and deletes the need to rely on Vine or any other third-party app. It does not restrict you to a square composition, neither is it 6 seconds short. You can capture almost 30 seconds of video to share on Twitter and edit it before hitting publish. The camera button is directly embedded into the app just like the photo sharing option. The option to upload video from your phone is available only to iOS users currently, and will be rolled out to Android users soon.
As mentioned above Neil Patrick Harris was the first one to test this new tool. Here’s what he tweeted.
Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) January 27, 2015
This new feature is seen as a strategic move to compete with Facebook which is focusing more and more on native video content, to garner advertising revenue. Other recent updates from Twitter include Bing integration for translating non-English tweets and the While You Were Away feature for iOS users.