Soon you would be able to post a 140-second long audio tweet, along with the 280 characters as text, as the micro-blogging platform on Wednesday rolled out a test for a limited number of people in the US to record audio snippets and attach those to tweets.
Each voice Tweet captures up to 140 seconds of audio. To recall, Twitter originally had 140-character limit for tweets, which was later increased to 280.
"Have more to say? Keep talking. Once you reach the time limit for a (textual) 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," said the company.
Audio can only be added to original tweets and the users can't include those in replies or retweets with a comment.
"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," said Twitter.
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.
People will see your voice Tweet appear on their timeline alongside other Tweets.
"To listen, tap the image. On iOS only, playback will start in a new window docked at the bottom of your timeline and you can listen as you scroll," informed Twitter.
You can also keep listening while doing other things on your phone or on the go.
Twitter hopes that voice Tweeting will create a more human experience for listeners and storytellers alike.
However, concerns are now being raised on how the company will moderate such tweets as tackling hateful, abusive or racist audio messages require more efforts than using AI to curb disinformation on normal tweets.
One good thing is that audio can only be added to original tweets and the users can't include those in replies or retweets with a comment. This makes the job a bit easier to find a person who posts a bad audio tweet, and for the moderators to swing into action to block or flag his tweet or account.
However, unlike Facebook which currently has over third-party15,000 content moderators policing its main app as well as Instagram, Twitter has a small team of human moderators.
In case of an audio tweet, one has to listen to it to reach a conclusion if the voice tweet contains inflammatory or abusive content which then needs to be flagged.
The onus is now on Twitter to sort these things out while voice tweets are still in the testing phase, and create a good mix of AI-human moderation to control what people utter via voice tweets on its platform, before the users flood the micro-blogging platform with complaints.