Twitter copies another WhatsApp feature for direct messages

's social network now allows you to send voice notes via direct messages. Here's how it works.

Elon Musk continues his intention to make direct messages a worthy alternative to , Facebook Messenger or . In particular, the social network has added another feature that popular messaging apps have been incorporating for some time: voice notes.

The ability to send voice messages via Twitter's direct messages is actually not new. The social network has been testing it for a while in some markets, but it hasn't been rolled out globally yet. So as of today, any Twitter user in Europe or the can use the feature by simply going to the direct messages section and clicking the button next to the text box.

Twitter does, however, set a time limit for each voice message, with a maximum of 140 seconds – longer than Instagram, but no less than WhatsApp. Unlike the two social networks, to send a voice note, you only need to click once on the icon that appears on the screen; you don't need to press and hold the button.

The recording ends at the end of the maximum time or by pressing the “stop” icon. It is possible to listen to the message before sending it. Unfortunately, Twitter does not offer a button to play the message at a faster or slower speed.

These other features are also available on Twitter

Voice messaging on Twitter is not the only WhatsApp-like feature the social network has recently added. The platform also enables encryption in direct messages, although for now it is exclusive to Blue users and does not seem to work properly. In fact, Elon Musk himself said in a tweet that this feature should not be trusted yet.

Twitter, meanwhile, also lets you react to messages with any other emoji, a feature that has been present in WhatsApp for some time now. To react to a message with an emoji, simply long-press on it and select the “Add reaction” option. Then simply select one of the available emojis or click on the side button to access the full list.

Meanwhile, Elon Musk's social network continues to add new features exclusive to Twitter Blue users. These include the ability to post videos of up to two hours in length, a feature that many have responded to by posting entire .

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