Stories from Twitter Flats released to everyone, which will compete with Snapchat, Instagram


On November 12, 2018, Jack Dorsey, CEO and Co-founder of Twitter, gestured while interacting with students at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in New Delhi.

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Twitter on Tuesday launched Flats, its contestant of stories available on Snapchat and Instagram. It also announced that it would soon begin testing a new audio feature similar to the popular startup Clubhouse.

Flats Twitter allows users to post full-screen photos, videos, responses to tweets or plain text that disappear after 24 hours.

Twitter began testing flats in March in select markets such as Brazil, but it is starting to roll out globally for iOS and Android Twitter users on Tuesday. This feature will appear at the top of users’ apps, above their feed. The company said that it expects this feature to encourage more users to post content.

Joshua Harris quoted Twitter director Joshua Harris as saying, “People feel more comfortable interacting on Twitter with this arbitrary format because what they’re saying lasts just for a moment, for a moment.”

The company also announced Spaces on Tuesday, a feature that will allow users to join virtual rooms where they can engage in real-time, have audio conversations with others.

Considering Space Club Club, a startup that gained popularity among venture capitalists earlier this year. The clubhouse allows its users to join rooms where they can engage in real-time, audio conversations with other people.

Twitter product leader Kayvan Beypore said that Spaces will allow Twitter users to have more thoughtful debates and exchanges.

Beypore said, “It’s not an interesting startup here doing something interesting. Let’s try it and repeat it.” “This is very fundamental for us. If we want Twitter to be a place where we can have thoughtful conversations, then we need to support a wider spectrum of those conversations.”

The company said that the space will attract select users before the end of 2020. At the start of that testing, the space will be available only to users who are women or have marginal background. Maya Gold Patterson, Twitter staff product designer, said that they are the users who face the amount of harassment on Twitter.

“The team is interested and the company is interested in hearing first-hand feedback from this group of people,” said Patterson.

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