According to reports, the tool, currently only available to “a limited group of people,” can be accessed with a waveform icon that sits next to the camera icon on the tweet composer panel. A red record button will appear when the waveform icon is tapped, and users can hit the red button to begin recording their tweet. Although the audio tweet has a limit of 140 seconds, a new voice tweet will automatically appear and create a thread if the user goes over the time limit. In addition, audio tweets can only be created for original tweets and cannot be used as replies or retweets.
Users can listen to audio tweets while scrolling through the iOS app. A dock will appear at the bottom of the app, also allowing the listener to continue listening to the audio recording if they choose to switch to another app.
“This is an early test of audio for us and we’re still exploring the best ways to meet the needs of people with different abilities,” a Twitter spokesperson told The Verge.
You can Tweet a Tweet. But now you can Tweet your voice!
Rolling out today on iOS, you can now record and Tweet with audio. pic.twitter.com/jezRmh1dkD
— Twitter (@Twitter) June 17, 2020