Twitter is adding a new camera feature to let users tweet photos faster. It will let users take photos, record videos or start Periscope livestream by swiping left from the app's main screen. The concept is kind of similar to the likes of Snapchat and Instagram. The only difference, Instagram allow users to share only ephemeral stories by swiping right from the home screen, but not the regular posts.
On Twitter, however, once you have captured a video or photos, you can add your location or text directly onto it and send the Tweet. It was initially announced at the SXSW 2019. Twitter will roll it out to all Android and iOS users over the next few days. Meanwhile, Twitter has shared a short, 15-second clip offering a glimpse of the feature.
"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," said Twitter.
According to Keith Coleman, Twitter's vice president of product, this feature is primarily designed to make it easier for users to capture what they see happening in real-time. Yes, it will indeed help users save a few taps. Prior to this update, all users need to do is tap the compose tweet button > tap the gallery icon > then tap the camera/video to reach Twitter's in-app camera interface.
So obviously, we can expect this feature to save us a few taps to turn on Twitter's in-app camera and tweet photos or a video without spending much time.
Keith also said that Twitter is working on more updates to the camera.