Twitter poised to take cyberspace by storm

RIYADH. KAZINFORM - Breaking away from the norm, the land of the 140 characters aka Twitter is promising to introduce drastic changes, all in one go.

The platform that has always been known for its slow changes, a lot of background testing and trials, just announced two breakthrough services. Vine, Snapchat, and even WhatsApp had been gaining ground at the expense of the tiny blue bird. So it is just about time a new feature was introduced to bring the users back to the platform, providing most of the services different social networks are providing at one place. First of these awaited changes is the group messages feature, or as Twitter calls them, direct messages (DMs). For a long time, Twitter DMs were only possible on a one-to-one basis. Not anymore. With the new group DMs, a Twitter user could have direct conversation with up to 20 users at a time. "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. All you need to do is to create a list of the users you want to chat within one group, Kazinform refers to the Arab News. Although useful to discuss certain tweets or ideas with people you have on your Twitter list, it will hardly come close to the popularity, or even strength, of WhatsApp group capabilities especially here in the Kingdom. The second feature that is expected to roll out in order to put Twitter head-to-head with Instagram and even its older brother Facebook, is to provide 30 seconds video editing and publishing capabilities directly in the timeline. Now, that would be interesting. "We designed our camera to be simple to use so you can capture and share life's most interesting moments as they happen," Twitter published on its blog. "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." For a platform that has always been known to capture the first-shared information about different "big" events like Boston Marathon Bombing, or the recent Charlie Hebdo shooting, the ability to capture and share videos all within the app will add a huge advantage for its public reporting and mass journalism value. "Anyone on Twitter will be able to capture and share video," Jinen Kamdar, a Twitter product director, said in an interview to discuss the changes. "It's less about pro- editing and more about getting authentic clips out in the world really quickly." With the introduction of these new features, a lot of commentators are expecting that users will spend more time on the platform and it will attract more users to choose it as their primary choice for their different social media activities.

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