It’s been a long time coming, but Twitter finally rolled out two long awaited features: video and group direct messaging.
The video feature has been mentioned by Twitter a few times over the past year, but no date was ever set for its release. With this release, the microblogging company is looking to distance itself from Vine, a platform that Twitter owns which allows users to post 7 second videos. Twitter videos will be capped at 30 seconds, 15 seconds more than Instagram’s 15 second limit.
Users will be able to shoot and edit videos right in the Twitter app.
It’ll be interesting to see how brands, news reporters, celebrities, and other users utilize Twitter’s new video feature. I can imagine that this will bring on a new rise of internet celebrity similar to what happened with the rise of Viners.
The next major feature is group messaging. Twitter added the ability to exchange pictures over direct message a few months ago but avid Twitter users have been asking for group messaging for a while.
How group messaging works is simple, users are able to start conversation with multiple of their followers even if those followers don’t follow each other. From there the same rules apply to previous direct messaging interactions.