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Twitter, a social media understood for 280-character messages, is providing users more methods to share their ideas online consisting of through ephemeral material and audio clips

The relocation belongs to Twitter’s efforts to motivate more individuals to speak openly online, a job that can be intimidating to users who are concerned others will not like or share their tweets. 

“It is crucial that people feel inspired and have the tools and capabilities to actually talk and create content in order for the rest of us to stay informed about our interests,” Kayvon Beykpour, Twitter’s item lead, stated in a press call.

On Tuesday, the business stated it’s presenting a format internationally called Fleets that permits users to share text, pictures and videos that disappear after 24 hours. Social media users have actually been publishing more ephemeral material after Snapchat presented Stories, a format that’s been copied by other social networks websites consisting of Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

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Twitter is try out voice chatroom called areas.


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To post ephemeral material, Twitter users tap on a “share” icon at the bottom of their tweet. Twitter users will see Fleets from their fans at the top of their timeline. Twitter stated users will not have the capability to share Fleets with a smaller sized group of individuals. Users likewise will not be informed if a fan screenshots their Fleet so they may still beware about publishing more honest remarks. Twitter, which has actually been checking Fleets in Brazil, Italy, South Korean and India, stated its  research study reveals users do feel more comfy sharing their ideas when the material is ephemeral.

Twitter has actually likewise been doubling down on audio functions. The business is checking a method for users to share audio clips in public tweets and direct messages. It’s likewise try out personal online areas where users can talk with others through audio like the social networks app Clubhouse. 

Experimenting with more methods to share material might benefit Twitter since it would motivate users to invest more time on the platform, providing the social media more chances to show advertisements. Opening the social media to more kinds of material, nevertheless, features difficulties and dangers. Online harassment and the spread of false information is still a continuous issue for socials media consisting of in ephemeral and personal areas. The intro of more audio and ephemeral material might make it harder to flag individuals who are breaking the website’s guidelines. 


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Beykpour said the company has been focused on giving people more control over their experience on Twitter, including in new formats. “It’s not just Twitter as a platform sort of policing what people do…that’s sort of an impossibility for us to do at scale,” he said. The company, though, will have to balance concerns that these controls could be used to exclude others who have different viewpoints.

Twitter said it’s testing audio chat rooms called spaces with a small group of people who are more impacted by online abuse such as women and people from marginalized backgrounds. 

Maya Gold Patterson, a product designer at Twitter, said as a Black woman she’s experienced online harassment including on Twitter. “It is a personal matter for me to get this right, and the team is interested, and the company is interested, in hearing first from this group of people on their feedback about audio spaces,” she said during a press call. The designer compared spaces to feeling comfortable sitting at a table at a well-hosted dinner party even if you don’t know everyone.

Twitter also needs to make sure that audio and more visual content are accessible for the deaf and blind, respectively. The company, she said, also has a team that focuses on making Twitter more accessible to people with disabilities. Twitter is working on making transcriptions of voice tweets and other media on Twitter available in 2021. 

Outside of introducing new ways for people to converse online, Twitter is also experimenting with tools to make the platform feel safer. The company has been rolling out new safety features such as giving people the ability to control who can reply to their tweets. Christine Su, a senior product manager at Twitter, said that the company is testing new methods where users can share private feedback or an apology. 

“That may look like a notification. That’s like a gentle…elbowing from someone that you follow or it also may look like a nudge,” she said.

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