Typing out sentences to express your sentiments can be a tad taxing for the lazy you? Do you wish there was a simpler way of getting your message across on Twitter instead of typing within the character limit?
You're in luck! Twitter has now been updated to bring in a new feature that will enable users to capture and share video messages in Direct Messages.
Twitter pushed out the new feature on Wednesday. Thanks to this inclusion, Android and iOS mobile device users of Twitter will be able to not only record, but also share videos from the Twitter mobile app. Previously, users could only share photos or tweets in Direct Messages.
Starting today, you can capture & share videos in your Direct Messages. It’s rolling out globally on iOS & Android. pic.twitter.com/b5CgWyTQ3H
— Twitter Support (@Support) February 17, 2016
You can also share videos in your Direct Messages on https://t.co/zDdcbPNfnU! https://t.co/fpB0YZCiqt — Twitter Support (@Support) February 17, 2016
The launch of this feature comes a few hours after Twitter rolled out a new GIF button on Wednesday. The GIF button enables users to both search and add animated images directly to Direct Messages or tweets on the Web, as well as the iOS and Android apps.
"The GIFs are coming! Get ready to search and send GIFs in Tweets and Direct Messages," reveals Twitter at the feature's launch.
For those wondering if the Web version will also benefit from the capture and share videos feature from Twitter for Direct Messages, it is being pushed out globally only for the iOS and Android mobile app users. While the Web client will allow users to view the videos in the Direct Messages, users will not be able to capture videos with a webcam.
So basically, if you access Twitter.com, you can only send a video to another user through the Direct Message thread or view a video sent to you. If you want to send a video you recorded through Direct Message, you will have to deploy the Android or iOS mobile app for the purpose.
While the video support feature for Direct Messages may not be groundbreaking, but is reflective of the fact that Twitter is looking to infuse a fresh lease of life into the microblogging service, which has been battling a slow decline.
In 2015, Twitter enabled tweet sharing through the Direct Messages, allowing users to send messages with a maximum of 10,000 characters.
The focus on Direct Messages could be a strategic move on the platform's part to make Twitter more engaging like rival social media sites.