Twitter has introduced a new feature that adds captions for voice tweets. This means users will now be able to add captions to their voice tweets. Voice Tweets are a creative way to express users on the micro-blogging platform, limiting 280 characters only.
This feature helps Twitter users share more emotion with their tweets, compared to the usual plain text. It also helps visually impaired users, or anyone who prefers talking over typing, to express themselves in a non-invasive manner.
How to use the Twitter voice tweet?
To launch captions, click on the ‘CC’ icon in the right-hand corner of the voice tweet window. Also, only new voice tweets will be able to benefit from this feature. Users can also attach voice tweets to regular text to add more context or for the visually challenged to clearly listen to your tweet.
How to listen to any voice tweet?
Voice Tweets will be easily accessed and spotted by users as they will pop up as audio clips. The voice tweet will also show the sharer in the background, which will make it evident to open or click. Once you tap on the play button, the tweet will play.
Currently, the feature is available only on iOS, while the platform plans to expand the service to other users.
So, when users make a voice tweet now, captions will be automatically generated in supporting languages, including English, Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese, Turkish, Arabic, Hindi, French, Indonesian, Korean, and Italian. Twitter reportedly introduced the new feature last year but is now releasing it for everyone. After its launch, the feature was criticized for not having captions. However, the social media platform has now included captions in voice tweets.
“As part of our ongoing work to make Twitter accessible for everyone, we’re rolling out automated captions for Voice Tweets to iOS,” Gurpreet Kaur, head of global accessibility Twitter, said in a statement.
Kaur further mentioned that this new feature wouldn’t be perfect at first as it’s the company’s new idea to expand and strengthen accessibility across the world. She added that they are looking forward to creating a truly inclusive service to the people.