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Twitter Working On A New Snapchat-like ‘News Camera’ Feature

Published on 16 February, 2019 at 2:23 pm By

If you are regularly using Twitter, then you may soon witness a familiar Snapchat feature. The micro-blogging site is working on a “News Camera” functionality (Snapchat-style) that would allow users to add captions to photos, videos and live broadcasts. In today’s competitive scenario where every social media site is looking to gain audience, the new feature will help Twitter to build up its profile as a media company. So far Twitter has lacked in the visual sharing space.


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App researcher and tipster Jane Manchun Wong, tweeted about this information. The new feature will be called ‘Moments’. Here is her tweet:

 



 

To launch the “News Camera” feature, the users would need to swipe left from the home screen of the app.

Technology website CNET quoted a Twitter spokesperson as saying:

“I can confirm that we’re working on an easier way to share thing like images and videos on Twitter. What you’re seeing is in mid-development so it’s tough to comment on what things will look like in the final stage. The team is still actively working on what we’ll actually end up shipping.”

However, it is not clear when the “News Camera” feature will be available for use to general public.

 

 

The new feature was first spotted by social media consultant Matt Navarra. He said on swiping left a new unified capture screen will appear. After taking picture, an overlay appears prompting you to add a location and a caption to describe “what’s happening”. The users have option to choose from six colored backgrounds for the caption and location overlay card before posting.

 

 


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It remains to be seen how Twitter’s mainstream users will take up this feature, as a medium like Instagram still remains to be an easy one when it comes to sharing stories.

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