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Twitter adds group chat and a mobile video cam

No secret:  I rely heavily on Twitter for keeping up with professional news and for messaging and for sharing discoveries.

So, I was very happy to discover that Twitter’s Direct Message feature recently expanded to include group messaging.

This enables the tweeter to easily set up groups and to privately message with up to 20 people at a time, using the usual Twitter messaging features–text, links, images, emojis.  Your friends, colleagues, students and other contacts receive notifications that they’ve been added to your groups.

This is definitely going to simplify planning across time and space and sharing with the various types of contacts in my life.  It will likely facilitate conversations for school and teacher groups.

And, there’s more.

You can now capture, edit and share videos without leaving the Twitter app.  A little camera icon within the app allows you to add 30-second videos to conversations.  The mobile video camera and editing features are currently available for the iPhone and Android apps.  This feature should make it even easier to share breaking news and events, as well as a great play on the field or a chorus solo.

Here’s what it looks like on my phone and as shared on Twitter’s About page.



Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza

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