Twitter launches group chat and video service
Two new features will rival Facebook and Whatsapp
Information-sharing and distribution platform Twitter, has launched its new video service, allowing users to edit and upload clips of up to 30 seconds long from its app.
The firm said the service will run 'alongside', rather than instead of Twitter's six-second video service Vine.
Twitter made the announcement in a blog post on its website: "Starting today, everyone will soon be able to seamlessly capture, edit and share videos right from the Twitter app.
"We designed our camera to be simple to use so you can capture and share life's most interesting moments as they happen. 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. Viewing and playing videos is just as simple: videos are previewed with a thumbnail and you can play them with just one tap."
The service features inline editing and will be rolled out to users in the coming weeks.
Twitter for iPhone users will be able to upload videos from the camera roll as well, a feature that will be available on the Android app soon.
The company also announced the launch of group direct messaging, which will compete with Whatsapp and Facebook.
"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. You can create a group in just a few taps. When you're added to a group, you'll get a notification."
The blog post added that starting now, users will be able to participate in group conversations other people start with them, and watch any of the public videos users post.