Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Twitter Adds Video, Group Messaging. What's Behind the New Features?

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Twitter Adds Video, Group Messaging. What's Behind the New Features?

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Twitter's long-awaited new features have finally arrived.

On Tuesday, product director Jinen Kamden took to the company's official blog to announce the rollout of Twitter's mobile video and group messaging services, just two of a number of updates the company has issued in the last few months.

Two new features now launching on Twitter: capture life as it happens with video and speak privately with a group: https://t.co/ sdcnCW9t16-- Twitter (@twitter) January 27, 2015

The mobile video feature lets users shoot, edit, and post 30- second videos via the Twitter app for iOS and Android.

"In just a few taps you can add a video to unfolding conversations, share your perspective of a live event, and show your everyday moments instantly, without ever having to leave the app," Mr. Kamden wrote.

The feature allows users to record multiple segments and delete individual segments, The Verge reported. Users can also upload up to 30 seconds of clips saved on their phone - though for now that particular service is available only on Apple devices.

The second feature, group messaging, now allows users to invite up to 20 people to a private conversation, regardless of who follows whom. Previously, Twitter's direct-messaging service only allowed private communication between individual users who followed each other.

New! Use Direct Messages to speak privately with a group of up to 20 people. Share Tweets, show emoji & be yourself. https://t.co/ 8giGhC6OO0-- Twitter (@twitter) January 27, 2015

The changes, which will roll out over several days, are part of Twitter's ongoing effort to improve user growth and engagement figures. In October, those numbers were reported as lower-than- expected and resulted in a drop in company shares. Since then, Twitter has released a number of new features that attempted to address a range of issues, from combating online abuse and harassment to filling information gaps when users were away. …

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