Twitter gets native video capture, group messaging
Over the years, Twitter’s been evolving from a blank 140-character slate to deliver users more and more features. It used to be that you had to manually shorten URLs, until Twitter automated the process. And you used to need third-party image hosts until Twitter started accepting uploads itself. With video, the situation’s been a little more complicated, and while the company purchased Vine, that service has continued to exist more as a companion to Twitter itself. But now Twitter’s finally ready to address video head-on, announcing integrated video capture and sharing tools for its mobile apps, as well as the introduction of group messaging.
Twitter’s video support allows you to shoot clips and gives you some basic editing features, letting you arrange those shots into videos up to 30 seconds long. Both Android and iOS Twitter apps will be able to capture their own video as Twitter rolls the feature out over the next few days, while iOS users get the added bonus of being able to upload previously-shot video – Android’s promised the same ability “soon,” but there’s no hard ETA.
As for group messaging, you can think of it as an extension to Direct Messages, only instead of chatting to users one-on-one in private, you can now pull multiple friends into the conversation. Like video support, this one’s rolling out over the coming days. While that means it may not be until later this week when you can create your own DM group, you’ll be able to participate in groups formed by other users immediately.