Heated political discussion is no longer confined to your phone’s keyboard, as Twitter begins to test out new audio tweet features for iOS.
You only need to browse Twitter for five minutes to notice that it’s a very political space where anyone can argue via aggressive tweeting and reactionary gifs.
This defining quality is somewhat of a double-edged sword. While it’s useful to keep informed via other perspectives outside of your own, seas of squabbling voices can quickly become an overwhelming deterrent that switches you off from any given subject. I’ve personally found it a huge help in educating myself on Black Lives Matter movements and American police brutality but, equally, I’ve also gotten lost in left-leaning echo chambers that do little to challenge my own ideals on subjects that could probably do with a more open conversation.
All of that could be about to get more personal, too, as Twitter has just started to roll out a new audio feature that lets users record themselves talking in replace of text.
You can now insult your adversaries with the guttural depths of your vocal chords instead of just throwing out a Homer Simpson gif, which could have untold ramifications for future Twitter conversations. Could we get Donald Trump actually saying the word ‘covfefe’ instead of typing it? It’s 2020, anything is possible.
Users can tap to record audio in much the same way as uploading an image or gif, though clips will be capped at 140 seconds. Any additional audio will automatically be uploaded as a secondary tweet underneath in a thread.
You can Tweet a Tweet. But now you can Tweet your voice!
Rolling out today on iOS, you can now record and Tweet with audio. pic.twitter.com/jezRmh1dkD
— Twitter (@Twitter) June 17, 2020