Twitter has announced that a button to toggle captions for its video player is now available for everyone on iOS and Android. The button, which shows up in the top-right corner of the video if it has captions available, lets you choose whether you want to see written descriptions or not.
Twitter shared on its support account that it started testing this feature in April, but it was only available to a limited number of iPhone users. Now, both Android and iOS users have the feature readily available, which would be very handy in situations where you can't really turn on your sound volume up.
This addition is mainly for accessibility purposes. In the past, subtitles on Twitter videos would only appear on mobile devices if users turned on other settings on the device. For example, cc will only appear if you turned them on in your smartphone’s accessibility settings or if you’re watching a Twitter video with sound turned off. Now, turning on cc is made all the more simple with the toggle.
On Wednesday, the social media platform said that it was testing another new feature called ‘Notes’ that would allow users to share essay-like write-ups as a link both on and off the social media platform. The long-form feature is being tested by a small group of writers in Canada, Ghana, the UK and US.
The company's acquisition of newsletter firm Revue in 2021 will help it focus on the ‘Notes’ feature. Besides, it will allow writers to embed gifs, photos and other features into long-form essays that can be read on and off Twitter. Users will also be able to edit their notes after they have been published, it said.
The social media platform normally limits posts to 280 characters. Twitter users have to write long-form content in the form of broken threads which may be jarring for people to read.
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In April, Twitter surprised users by saying it would in the coming months, it will start testing a new edit feature, which it called "the most requested feature for many years."
Earlier this week, Musk proposed another Twitter feature that would allow users to set preferences limiting what they see on the platform and also filtering out posts each individual user finds offensive so that they don't have to see them. Musk said at the Qatar Economic Forum that this would be a step toward making Twitter an "appealing system to use."
While the social media platform keeps on adding and testing Twitter new feature every now and then, in recent weeks, any update on Twitter hits the headlines, especially as the company is in the middle of a $44 billion buyout by the Tesla CEO. Netizens and analysts are anticipating major changes Musk can bring to the micro-blogging platform.