Twitter users will soon be able to record up to 140 seconds of audio to post as a tweet, which the platform says will give users a new way to tell stories.
The feature is being tested by a sample of users ahead of a full rollout on iOS Twitter app. All users will be able to listen to other voice posts during this period.
Voice posts will appear in Twitter timelines alongside traditional tweets, represented by an animated video of the poster’s profile picture.
“Twitter is where you go to talk about what’s happening. Over the years, photos, videos, gifs, and extra characters have allowed you to add your own flair and personality to your conversations,” Twitter’s Maya Patterson and Remu Bourgoin said in a blog post.
“But sometimes 280 characters aren’t enough and some conversational nuances are lost in translation. So starting today, we’re testing a new feature that will add a more human touch to the way we use Twitter – your very own voice.”
Users will find the voice post feature in the tweet composer screen as a new icon featuring purple wavelengths, which takes users to the record screen to capture their audio.
Twitter has also confirmed that users can go beyond the 140-second time limit.
“Once you reach the time limit for a tweet, a new voice tweet starts automatically to create a thread. Once you’re done, tap the Done button to end your recording and go back to the composer screen to tweet,” the social media giant said.
Twitter has not confirmed when the feature will be made more widely available, only saying it should appear for users on iOS “in the coming weeks”.
“There’s a lot that can be left unsaid or uninterpreted using text, so we hope voice tweeting will create a more human experience for listeners and storytellers alike,” the company said.
“Whether it’s #storytime about your encounter with wild geese in your neighbourhood, a journalist sharing breaking news, or a first-hand account from a protest, we hope voice tweeting gives you the ability to share your perspectives quickly and easily with your voice.
“We can’t wait to see how people will use this to make their voices heard and add to the public conversation.”