Twitter announced on Wednesday that it will kick off audio tests in direct messages. Brazil will be the first country where the feature will be available.
“We know people want more options for how they express themselves in conversations on Twitter — both publicly and privately,” Alex Ackerman-Greenberg, product manager for direct messages at Twitter, told The Verge, through a 20-second voice message. The test comes after the social network launching a feature to record audios in tweets, back in June.
According to The Verge, audio in DMs will have an interface similar to what already exists on other platforms, such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Instagram, with a play/pause button. There will also be an option to report inappropriate audios.
There is still no official information on what will be the maximum audio size in DMs, but as anticipated by Brazilian media outlet Exame, audios on Twitter have a maximum size measured in seconds, and it can take up to 140 seconds per message.
Also according to Exame, the new feature is, for now, available only for iPhones and tests began running this Thursday. Ackerman-Greenberg told the Brazilian newspaper that the tool will later expand to any mobile operating system. “The ability to record is being developed for Android,” said the exec.