Twitter is rolling out a feature that will enable users to tweet with their voice. The ability to create voice tweets will be available to a limited group of people on Twitter on iOS to start, but in the coming weeks everyone on iOS should be able to tweet with their voice.
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.
After recording your voice for 140 seconds, a new voice tweet starts automatically to create a thread. Right now, it is not possible to tweet with audio through replies or Retweets with Comment.
One thing to know is that your current profile photo will be added as a static image on your voice tweet. You can change your profile photo any time you want, but the one you used while recording a specific voice tweet will not change.
My hope is that this feature will be used to make Twitter more authentic. Hearing a person’s voice makes it easier to understand what they were trying to say, whereas text could be misinterpreted.
Tweets done entirely in audio are not going to be accessible for people who are deaf. Hopefully, Twitter will make sure that a transcription accompanies each voice tweet. They could add it under the profile photo and match it to the pace of the tweeter’s voice.
I have some concerns that nefarious users might try to use audio tweets as a way to get around Twitter’s fact-checkers, who might not be prepared to review audio as quickly as they do text.
It remains to be seen whether or not politicians will shift to audio tweets. Anyone can quickly read a tweet to know what it says. But, the content of audio tweets is only accessible if you click on them and listen. Audio tweets might shorten the reach of politicians, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.