How to Use Twitter’s New In-App Camera Feature

It’s a well-known origin story, and one you in all probability already know. The scorching app at SXSW in 2007 was Twitter. Even WIRED was on board. So it’s solely becoming that SXSW is the place the corporate is unveiling a brand new digital camera function. Starting at this time and rolling out over the following week or so, customers of the Twitter app on iOS and Android will be capable of take and publish photographs utilizing an in-app digital camera.

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How does it work? Open the app, then swipe left to open the digital camera. You can both seize a nonetheless by tapping the digital camera button or maintain the button to file video, as much as two minutes and 40 seconds (280 seconds, get it?). You can even toggle over to “Live” to stream out of your location.


If a consumer has geolocating companies turned on, Twitter recommends close by places to tag. It additionally suggests related occasion hashtags close to you. For occasion, in downtown Austin this week, #SXSW is recommended as a related hashtag. Or, say you are at a Warriors sport at Oracle Stadium and one thing loopy occurs; the digital camera is aware of you are there and suggests the hashtag. If you choose the occasion hashtag, your picture reveals up within the stream of different tweets and pictures additionally utilizing it. (Users of Snapchat would possibly acknowledge this as one thing just like what it did with the native Our Story function.)

You can add a caption to your picture and, as a enjoyable little bonus, change the background colour of the tweet textual content (lastly, a use to your elementary data of the colour wheel). Press Tweet and, presto, you’ve contributed to the dialog.

Why roll out an in-app digital camera perform? Twitter is clearly making an attempt to compete in an more and more visual-focused world. But it’s additionally a small however attention-grabbing step within the transition of an organization that understands its place in society as a method to interact with real-time info. This looks like a pure extension of the way in which folks already use Twitter: as a strategy to seize a second and shortly ship it out to the world (the digital camera is outward-facing, although it does have front-facing functionality). The digital camera is in early growth now, however in the long term the corporate desires the digital camera performance to robotically detect what occasions are occurring in sure locations and recommend trending occasion hashtags as a method to arrange photographs and movies into feeds for people who find themselves following that occasion.

Of course different apps, like Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook, have in-app cameras and geolocating skills. It’s straightforward to be a cynic and see this because the continued homogenization of social media. Or, in case you’re a Twitter purist, to consider it as a deviation from the app’s longstanding historical past as a primarily text-based expertise. Does it degrade Twitter’s identification? Or assist it compete? Probably each. The one factor that’s sure is avid customers could have ideas. And now they’ll stream them straight from the app.

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