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Twitter on iOS gets voice tweets

If you’re a fan of sending out voicenotes on places like WhatsApp and Telegram you’ll be happy to know that Twitter now has this feature, albeit in a more public setting.

The social media network is rolling out the ability to create voice tweets which you can share with the world. This test feature is already on iOS, so update your app to see if you’re included in the first batch of users to receive it. If not it’s just a waiting game until it’s pushed to more users or removed from the platform.

“Tweeting with your voice is not too different from Tweeting with text. To start, open the Tweet composer and tap the new icon with wavelengths. You’ll see your profile photo with the record button at the bottom – tap this to record your voice,” reads part of the announcement.

The voice portion of the tweet is then attached like a video or picture so you can also give the audio some context with regular text.

There is an arbitrary limit on the length of the voicenotes – 140 seconds. Despite this you can record more than that, at which point Twitter will stack the voicenotes.

Putting aside the constant requests for an “edit tweet” function in the replies, the general reception to this addition are not too positive. It very much seems like a case of “who asked for this?”.

We’re also not sure what this feature accomplishes with videos already supported on the platform. Before now, if you wanted to share some audio with no visual component, why not just add a black screen to your video?

For some reason a mute gif has been created to show off this new functionality. A video with audio would have been a better example, but regardless you can see it below:

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