Twitter has just announced that it has begun the global roll out of two vital features to improve the Twitter experience further. Once the update hits your region, you will be able to group chat via direct messages privately. Additionally, you will also be able to capture video directly via the Twitter app, without relying on third-party apps or even Twitter’s own Vine app. Also Read - Twitter hits 211 mn daily users, defies Apple privacy changesAlso Read - Facebook, Instagram might witness a 45 percent drop in teenage users over the next two years: Report
“A few months ago, we mentioned some features coming soon, and today we re excited to start rolling out two of them: group messaging and a new mobile video experience”, the company confirmed in a blog post. Also Read - Koo user base reaches 15 million, plans spreading wings to Southeast Asia
With the new DM Group Chat feature, users don’t need to follow each other in order to be a part of the conversation. The person creating the group, however can add only the people who follow back. People who are then added to the conversation, can add more people from their list of followers. All of the added people can have a group conversation privately, irrespective if they follow each other or not.
New! Use Direct Messages to speak privately with a group of up to 20 people. Share Tweets, show emoji & be yourself. https://t.co/8giGhC6OO0
Twitter (@twitter) January 27, 2015
You can add up to 20 people into one group chat. All you need to do is click on the Direct Message button, add the people you want on your list, and click ‘Next’. Type your message, and you’re good to begin your conversation.
The video feature is simple to use as well. You can now capture a video in-app without relying on Vine or other third-party apps. 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. Neil Patrick Harris was the first one to test this new tool.
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.
Note that this is a global roll out so it might take some before it hits your smartphone. Keep checking for updates in your Google Play Store or App Store. Other recent updates from Twitter include Bing integration for translating non-English tweets and the ‘While You Were Away’ feature for iOS users.