Twitter has finally added Instagram-style camera feature to let mobile users tweet photos and videos faster than ever before. The feature was confirmed last week. As a result, Twitter now lets users take photos, record videos or livestream by swiping left from the app's main screen. In case this sounds familiar to you, well, perhaps that’s because Instagram and Snapchat do have something similar already. However, Instagram allows users to share only ephemeral stories by swiping right from the main screen and not the regular posts. So, we decided to put Twitter’s new camera feature to test.
All you need to do is update your Twitter mobile app to the latest version. Once done, open Twitter and swipe left from the app’s main screen. You will come across this screen:
Tap continue. You will be asked to grant Twitter access to your phone’s camera, storage and microphone. It takes you right inside your camera’s viewfinder. Similar to how you capture ephemeral stories on WhatsApp and Instagram, capture the photo. You can add a caption, similar to how you compose a tweet. Similarly, the caption has a 280-character limit. You can customise the background colour and add location. Of course, you will have to grant Twitter permission to access your phone’s location. You can add hashtags as well.
Tweet it. This is how it looks on a mobile phone:
The main difference, as you can see in the screenshot, it prioritises image over text. If you want to record a video, press and hold the capture button. Twitter allows users to record videos up to two minutes long. Similarly, it lets users create a livestream. This new format to share media is only visible on mobile phones since tweets appear absolutely normal on desktop computers.
If you want to share media in a traditional format, hit the compose button and add photos and videos from your phone’s internal storage.