THE WHAT? Twitter has introduced voice messaging for direct messages, which is being rolled out in stages across India, Brazil and Japan.
THE DETAILS The function allows users to send a voice direct message that is up to 140 seconds long, and follows on from the introduction of voice tweets last year.
Currently only available for Android and iOS users, message recipients with all phone types can listen to messages received.
THE WHY? Twitter states that the new feature allows for more freedom of expression and creates a human experience.
Manish Maheshwari, Managing Director, Twitter India, said, “India is a priority market for Twitter and that is why we’re constantly testing new features and learning from people’s experience on the service here. We’re excited to bring the voice messages in DMs experiment to the country and give people a new way to express themselves and help them connect through the nuances, emotion, and empathy built by hearing someone’s voice.”