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Twitter introduces group direct messages & mobile video camera feature

Popular micro-blogging service Twitter has recently started rolling
out two much awaited features – group messaging and a new mobile video
experience. Twitter confirmed the development on its
official
blog
.

Popular micro-blogging service Twitter has recently started rolling
out two much awaited features – group messaging and a new mobile video
experience. Twitter confirmed the development on its
official
blog
.

Now, users can privately converse with a group. In the blog
post, Jinen Kamdar, Product Director, Twitter said, “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.”

The group function allows users to start conversations with
any of their followers; one need not follow one another in order to chat. Users
will soon be able to seamlessly capture, edit and share videos right from the
Twitter app, too. The camera is designed to be simple to use and users can also
add a video to unfolding conversations, without ever having to leave the app.

Twitter’s unique mobile video camera and inline editing experience
allows users to capture and share videos up to 30 seconds in an instant.
Twitter for iPhone users will be able to upload videos from the camera roll as
well (a feature that will be available on our Android app soon). The features will be rolled out to all Twitter users in the
coming weeks.

Here is the first tweet using the new mobile video camera:

Earlier this month, Twitter acquired mobile marketing
startup
ZipDial
, which has built a mobile platform that lets people follow and
engage with content across all interfaces. Twitter had also officially added Bing
Translator
to its site, mobile apps for iOS and Android, and TweetDeck this
month.

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