Twitter users may soon notice some interesting changes when they log in to the social network.
The company recently announced two new features: group direct messaging, and mobile video capturing and editing. Twitter started rolling out these new features on Jan. 27, and said that users can look forward to using them in the coming weeks.
Direct messaging (DM) has long been the way users privately communicate on Twitter, but up until now, the feature only worked for one-on-one conversations. With group DM capabilities, Twitter users can now have private conversations with up to 20 other Twitter users at once.
So how does it work?
"The group function lets you start conversations with any of your followers and they don’t all need to follow one another in order to chat," Twitter wrote on its blog. It only takes a few taps to create a new group, and when you're added to another user's group, you'll get a notification, Twitter added. [Twitter for Business: Everything You Need to Know ]
The new mobile video feature is also a big change to the platform. Previously, users could only capture, edit and share photos via Twitter's mobile app.
"We designed our camera to be simple to use so you can capture and share life’s most interesting moments as they happen," Twitter wrote. "In just a few taps you can add a video to unfolding conversations, share your perspective of a live event and show your everyday moments instantly, without ever having to leave the app."
Videos can be up to 30 seconds long, and iPhone users can also upload videos from their camera roll — Android users will get this feature soon. Users will be able to see a thumbnail preview of the video and can play them in just one tap.