NEW DELHI: Social networking platform Twitter has revamped its camera functionality to make it operate like other popular photo-sharing platform Instagram.
Once you update your app, you can swipe left to access the camera. Here you will get the option to either click a picture with 'capture' or make a small video-on-loop by long pressing the circular capture button. A third option on the screen will be of going 'live' to broadcast a stream.
See it? Tweet it! Our updated camera is just a swipe away, so you get the shot fast. Rolling out to all of you over… https://t.co/tfwWaRk2bB— Twitter (@Twitter) 1552482001000
Once the photo/video is captured, you can add a location or a caption on the image in a overlay (or a chyron) which can be set in five colour options. This caption can be 280-characters long and can also include hashtags.
Readers must note that with this new camera feature, Twitter is not rolling out ephemeral posts support -- such as Facebook or WhatsApp or Instagram Stories -- but is simply making its camera app more accessible. The images captured by the new camera on Twitter do no offer support for stickers or filters, but it won't be a surprise if that is rolled out as well in the future.
In a statement to Engadget, Twitter's VP of Product, Keith Coleman said that Twitter will keep a close eye on how people are using the updated camera and build new features based on that. "This is part of a much bigger transformation on Twitter. A lot of the [other] cameras faces forward, but Twitter is about what's happening in the world. The camera is purely designed to be fast, and we're happy to let people use it however they choose to. This is a camera to reach the world," said Cole, "not just your followers."
This new camera feature was announced by Twitter at the ongoing SXSW Conference and Festival 2019 in Austin, Texas, United States.