Back in June. Twitter rolled out audio tweets for iOS and now, it is experimenting with the idea of letting people record and send voice messages through direct messages. Facebook and Twitter already come with audio recordings DMs and this time, Twitter is looking forward to the feature.
Alex Ackerman-Greenberg, product manager for direct messages at Twitter said Twitter will be testing voice DMs soon. Through a 20-second voice message, he also said Brazil will be the first country to be included in the test. He said “We know people want more options for how they express themselves in conversations on Twitter — both publicly and privately,” he said.
It will be more or less similar to voice tweets. These voice messages will have a simple interface. As of now, it is being heard that the interface will have only a play/pause button. The sender’s avatar pulsates as the message plays.
The product team of Twitter designed an “in-line recording experience to make it easier to send these messages as part of the natural conversation flow,” so that it is a little different than the currently existing audio tweet interface. There is also a “report message” option that can be used when someone misuses voice DMs.
Previously, Twitter faced criticism about audio tweets when it became evident that the company had failed to factor inaccessibility.
In a recent interview with Protocol, Dantley Davis, the design chief of Twitter said “we shipped something that shouldn’t have been shipped without this conversation happening. Now, we have a full-time accessibility team within product development, and that includes engineering and design. We also changed our product development process, so that accessibility is always considered during even the conceptualization of features.”