One of the negative aspects of the use of texts in digital communications is that the intention of the communicator himself is not faithfully reflected, having led to misunderstandings on more than one occasion over time.
For this reason, Twitter is increasingly betting on the use of voice as a form of expression, so that in addition to audio tweets and Twitter Spaces, its equivalent to Clubhouse, both in the testing phase, Twitter is also beginning to experiment with direct voice messages, as they previewed last fall’s doors, starting now in India, Brazil and Japan.
Increase the presence of voice functions on Twitter
The idea is very similar to the voice messages available on some messaging platforms, where you simply press a button and hold it down while recording the voice message.
Unlike WhatsApp and the like, Twitter will allow a maximum duration of 140 seconds (a figure that can remember the maximum number of characters that existed until the company decided to double up to 280 characters).
This will prevent the recording of long (and boring) messages that usually occur on WhatsApp.
Twitter already clarifies that it is an experiment, and according to Manish Maheshwari, manager of Twitter India:
giving people a new way to express themselves and helping them connect through the nuances, emotion and empathy that comes from hearing someone’s voice
With all this, we must look back to observe how in recent times, the function of Twitter direct messages has been gaining in new features after a long period with hardly any news.
There are those who also ask that direct messages have end-to-end encryption, enabling direct messages from Twitter to become an alternative means of mobile communication, although we do not know if the company will heed this suggestion.
Mobile-only voicemail recordings
Of course, voice messages can only be recorded from the Twitter application on Android and iOS, also allowing a preview before publication. Still, the published voice messages can also be heard from any web browser.
We do not know where the direct messages function on Twitter will go, although we should not be surprised if one day we find a greater evolution that becomes an equivalent to the current mobile messaging platforms.