Twitter update adds groups & video
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.