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Twitter Rolling out Video and Group Messaging to their Mobile Apps

January 27, 2015 - Written By Alexander Maxham

Today, Twitter is rolling out a few new features to their mobile apps. They aren’t really “new” per say, as we have heard about them already. One is Twitter Video. Now you’ll be able to host videos right there on Twitter. So you can capture videos straight from the Twitter app as well. It’s kinda like Instagram meets Twitter. Except, you can record longer videos. You can record up to 30 seconds of video and post it in a tweet. That’s probably to keep the videos from being too large, because then it’ll take a while for them to upload, obviously.

The other feature that Twitter has announced and is releasing today is group messaging. So no more of just Direct Messaging one person, you can direct message all the people you want together. Which is kinda cool, but I’m not sure how often it’d get used. Although I’m sure teenagers would use it quite a bit. From Twitter:

“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. Whatever the case may be, the ability to converse privately with groups gives you more options for how and with whom you communicate on Twitter.”

So those two features will be rolling out to the Twitter for Android and Twitter for iOS apps today. They will be available on the respectable app stores in a short bit. Pretty nice features, and nice to see Twitter adding features that users will actually use. That’s always a good thing. Make sure you follow us on Twitter and let us know how you like the new features.