Yesterday, Twitter announced that its official apps for Android and iOS device will be getting an update that will add group messaging and video upload support. Unfortunately, this feature is not available for Windows Phone just yet but Ihope Twitter will update its app for Windows Phone to include it.
Twitter hope the new group messaging feature will give users the chance to select how and whom they want to communicate with on the site. In a statement, the company said, “Private conversations on Twitter are a great complement to the largely public experience on the platform. You might prefer to read (or watch) Tweets but converse about them privately. You might want to continue a public conversation privately with a smaller group, or start one based on a Tweet you saw. Many of you use Direct Messages to reach the people and brands you’re only connected to on Twitter. “
Users do not have to be following one another to communicate in a group chat. Those invited to a group chat will get notifications of the same.
Video Support on Twitter
In addition to group messaging, Twitter has also added a video support feature. With this update, you can capture, edit and share videos right from the Twitter app. Viewing the videos is easy as the videos are previewed as thumbnails and all you have to do is tap and the video starts playing.
Those using iOS will be able to upload video directly from the camera roll. This feature will be available on Android in the near future. Twitter has of late tried to compete directly with Instagram and these two updates will really help the company. Are these new features interesting enough to stop the migration to Instagram? Only time will tell.