Twitter Rolls Out New Voice Tweets Feature

Twitter today announced the launch of a new feature that's designed to allow people to tweet with their voice, sending voice-based messages instead of text.

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. 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.

Voice tweets can be created by opening up the tweet composer and tapping the new wavelengths icon. From there, a screen opens with a user's Twitter icon, which can be tapped to begin a recording.

Twitter users can capture up to 140 seconds of audio, but continuous recording is possible and longer audio will create multiple voice tweets.


Voice tweets will appear on the Twitter timeline just like other tweets. Listening to a voice tweet can be done by tapping on the image, and on iOS, playback starts in an audio player that's docked at the bottom of the timeline users can continue to scroll through Twitter.

Twitter is testing voice tweets with a limited number of people on Twitter for iOS at the current time, but the company says that in the coming weeks, everyone on iOS should be able to send voice tweets.

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7 weeks ago


It'd be nice if it also auto-transcribed the recordings like voicemail on iOS.

Actual message: Hi, this is your doctor, please call me back when you have a moment at 5551112222.

Transcription: Hi, this is your dog please _______ have a monument at 5551112222.
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7 weeks ago
So now I have to go out of my way to listen to tweets instead of just reading them. What the heck is the point of this?
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7 weeks ago
No thanks. Always hated voice messages.
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7 weeks ago
It'd be nice if it also auto-transcribed the recordings like voicemail on iOS.
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7 weeks ago
Oh brother...
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7 weeks ago
Great. I can't wait to see what a person does with this new technology. I'm sure they will use the best words!
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