Listen up, Twitter
Being able to record and add audio to tweets feels like a feature that should have been introduced about 10 years ago when short snippets of media were all the rage, and services like 12seconds.tv and Audioboo were relatively popular.
But finally Twitter has launched the feature
, which is rolling out gradually to iOS users at first. On a personal level, I like some of the potential here. Being able to record a short interview and instantly share it is quite nice, and some forms of musical and comedy performances would work well this way. But sadly, that’s very 2010 thinking.
In 2020, the reality is that trolls will use it to send abusive messages. And as Vice points out
, moderating them will be harder than with text.
In 2020, the reality is that social media companies get less of a free pass on accessibility. These audio clips have no text captions, so they render a chunk of content inaccessible to deaf users.
These things matter now in a way that they didn’t in the playground of social media 10 or 15 years ago. I’m keen to try the new audio feature, but the fact Twitter didn’t have answers to these concerns lined up for the feature’s launch is concerning.
While the company is now shipping features far more frequently than it was a decade ago, it still has some catching up to do when it comes to making them fit for the real world today.