Microblogging platform Twitter is working on a new update related to watching YouTube videos on the platform. The company said that it is testing a new method to allow users to see YouTube videos without leaving its app. It means that users can watch YouTube videos directly on the platform. They will no longer require jumping to the YouTube app to watch videos. The new method will show videos to users in their Home timeline. A home timeline is a list of tweets from accounts that users follow. It is updated in real-time. Users can continue their conversation as they watch a video alongside. The testing is currently being done on iOS. It will last for four weeks.
Twitter in a statement described the new method as user-friendly which will enhance their experience. There is no method available at present to watch YouTube videos without leaving the application on smartphones. The new method seeks to address this by allowing users to watch YouTube videos in the Home timeline. Currently, users have to leave the platform to watch a video on YouTube. When users tap the play button on a preview link of a YouTube video shared via a tweet, it automatically jumps to the YouTube app to play the embedded link of the video. Twitter said that the new feature will soon be made available to a small group of users in the US, Canada, and a few more countries.
Based on the feedback, Twitter will decide on its expansion. The objective is to iron out possible issues that users may face once the feature is rolled out publicly. Meanwhile, Twitter said that it will soon launch a new feature called Spaces. It is a chat room that supports real-time audio conversations. Twitter said that the Beta version of the tool is already available on iOS. Live audio chat rooms on social media platforms are a new fashion. The Spaces tool by Twitter is an indication that the company wants a command on the social audio market. Companies understand very well that audio conversations carry emotions that text cannot. Twitter expects that Spaces will allow users to express themselves more dynamically and thus improve the levels of communication.