It seems like every day brings a new little update or release by the top Social Media platforms, but this is one of those updates you MUST pay attention to. The following two features have the potential to have a great impact in the way that users experience Twitter. Here is what you need to know:
Native video uploads are here:
Just like we anticipated a couple weeks ago in our article “5 things you need to know about Video and Twitter for 2015” – native video has officially come to Twitter. With this new feature, regular users will be able to upload 30 second videos directly to Twitter by either shooting them directly or uploading them from their camera roll (a feature still in the works for android and only available for iPhone and iPad users at the moment). There is still no word on allowing users to upload videos on the desktop version of Twitter, but with a majority of users using the service on their mobile devices, this was clearly not a priority for the initial release.
— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) January 27, 2015
According to Twitter, actor Neil Patrick Harris (a.k.a. Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother) had the honor of uploading the first “native” video.
Direct Messaging will now allow for group discussions:
Unlike video, a much-needed feature that was long overdue, the other most recent addition to Twitter is one of those solutions that makes you go “I didn’t think I needed this, but it’s cool to have!”. Direct Messages are an important part of Twitter, as they allow users to make a conversation private without leaving the platform. However, with this new feature an account can combine up to 20 of their followers (who don’t have to follow each other) into one big Private Chat. This could prove really useful, but it might also cause some “twitter etiquette” problems for users who start abusing it.
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
What do you think about these two new Twitter features? How do you think they will improve (or hurt) the Twitter experience?