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Twitter unveils group messaging and mobile video experience

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You might want to continue a public conversation privately with a smaller group, or start one based on a Tweet you saw.

Social networking giant Twitter has unveiled the roll-out of two new services: group messaging and a new mobile video experience. According to Twitter, the following features will be available in Africa as well as globally once the roll-out commences.

Converse with a group, privately
According to 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.”

“The home timeline is a great place to have conversations but it’s also a place to find great conversation starters. The group function lets you start conversations with any of your followers and they don’t all need to follow one another in order to chat. You can create a group in just a few taps. When you’re added to a group, you’ll get a notification,” the company revealed.

Capture, edit and share videos right from your Twitter app
According to Twitter: “Tweets have been more than 140 characters for some time. The Twitter you experience today is full of images, gifs, Vines, audio files and videos from some recognisable figures and brands. And starting soon, everyone will soon be able to seamlessly capture, edit and share videos right from the Twitter app, too.”

According to the company: “We designed our camera to be simple to use so you can capture and share life’s most interesting moments as they happen. In just a few taps you can add a video to unfolding conversations, share your perspective of a live event, and show your everyday moments instantly, without ever having to leave the app. Viewing and playing videos is just as simple: videos are previewed with a thumbnail and you can play them with just one tap.”

“Our unique mobile video camera and inline editing experience lets you 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 company continued.

“We’re rolling these features out to all users in the coming weeks. Starting now, you’ll be able to participate in group conversations other people start with you, and watch any of the public videos users post – like this one, the first Tweet using the mobile video camera, from Oscars host Neil Patrick Harris,” the company concluded.

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