Twit­ter up­date adds groups & video

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TWIT­TER just got more so­cial thanks to two big new fea­tures – group di­rect mes­sag­ing and the abil­ity to cap­ture, edit and share videos within the app.

The fea­tures both di­rectly chal­lenge func­tion­al­ity that ex­ists in two of the so­cial me­dia firm’s big­gest ri­vals.

Group mes­sag­ing is a key el­e­ment in What­sApp Mes­sen­ger, while users of In­sta­gram can al­ready upload video from within the app. Both ri­vals are owned by Facebook. Twit­ter’s Ji­nen Kam­dar said last night: “A few months ago, we men­tioned some fea­tures com­ing soon, and to­day we’re ex­cited to start rolling out two of them: group mes­sag­ing and a new mo­bile video ex­pe­ri­ence.”

The in­tro­duc­tion of group mes­sag­ing is likely to catch the eye of cur­rent Twit­ter users – pri­vate con­ver­sa­tions be­tween two users who fol­low each other are known as “Di­rect Mes­sages” or DMs. Twit­ter users will now be able to pri­vately chat in groups, and not ev­ery­one in a group needs to fol­low ev­ery­one else in it to en­ter the group – cur­rently both par­ties must fol­low each other in order to ex­change DMs.

Videos of up to 30 se­conds can also be shared – which is sub­stan­tially longer than In­sta­gram’s 15-sec­ond fea­ture.

Twit­ter’s new fea­tures will be­gin rolling out to users as an up­date to­day.

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