Twitter launches camera to compete with Instagram and Snapchat

Joanna Estrada
March 14, 2019

Twitter is taking some cues from competitors like Instagram and Snapchat: The company is adding a dedicated camera feature to its mobile apps, making it easier for its users to share photos, videos and live streams.

Oddly, you're not now allowed to upload existing images to the new feature, so tough luck if you took a ideal sunset photo in your actual camera app and wanted to post it with #blessed.

Photos and video footage captured this way is being shared via the Twitter feed.

While everyone was expecting Twitter to launch a separate app just for testing, the social giant announced a major update is coming to Android and iOS devices as we speak.

Earlier this week, it opened access to its prototype app, called twttr, which the company is using to test new ideas and get feedback, marking the first time Twitter has provided early explorations of product features to the public. Users must apply for access to the app.

The prototype app reflects the company's efforts to make Twitter feel more like a chat service, with fluid conversations.

Twitter's new prototype also removes the engagement counts showing how many retweets or "likes" a tweet receives. Conversations now appear rounded, similar to a chat, with indentations and color-coded markers to make the discussion easier to follow. Also, don't try to use the new geo feature if you're not located in the United States, at least for the time being.

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