It looks like Twitter is taking cues from its competitors such as Instagram. The micro-blogging website is now planning to add a standalone camera feature in its mobile app, which will make it easier for users to share what’s happening around them.
The new camera feature was announced by the company in a tweet that reads ‘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 the next few days.’
The new camera mode comes with a single button. A single tap captures a photo and, a long press starts a video recording of up to 2 minutes. The camera feature also allows users to switch to front-facing camera of the phone or to start a Periscope live stream. Currently, there are no filters.
The new feature will be rolled out gradually to all iOS and Android users in the coming days.
In January, the micro-blogging platform introduced reverse-chronological timeline for Android smartphone users which will allow them to switch to the timeline as per their choice.
For four years, the chronological timeline acted as the default choice for users four years ago, till Twitter planned to show tweets based on an algorithm.
Twitter is also planning to try out new features, such as status updates. According to a top Twitter executive, the move will encourage conversations among its users.