Twitter rolled out voice tweets in June to a limited number of users on iOS and now the company announced on Tuesday that the feature will be accessible to more users. A transcription feature is also being developed and will be added to voice tweets later on to make them more accessible.
While the feature is currently only available to selected iOS users, everyone will be able to see and comment on audio tweets.
Voice tweets will appear alongside other tweets on people’s timelines and they can tap on the image below the tweet text to listen to the audio recording.
To start recording audio in a tweet, open the tweet composer and then tap on the new ‘wavelength’ icon beside the camera icon. A record button will appear on the next page below your profile picture; tap on it and the audio tweet will begin recording.
The new feature allows users to add a 140-seconds long voice recording to their tweets. If they continue recording after the time has elapsed, the recording will be carried over to the next tweet, automatically creating a thread. Once the recording has been completed, tapping on the ‘done’ button will return the user back to the compose screen.
On iOS devices, the audio tweet will start playing in a new window, which will appear at the bottom of the screen and users can keep scrolling their timeline while listening. Audio tweets can also be played in the background while using other apps on the phone.
“Testing voice tweets earlier this summer made us realise how much work we still need to do as a company, and we made a commitment to make Twitter more inclusive for the disabled community — creating a dedicated team to focus on greater accessibility, tooling, and advocacy across all of our products,” the company announced.