Twitter is testing News Camera that lets you add color overlays to photos


Twitter is currently testing a new feature called News Camera. According to Matt Navarra, the new feature will let you add location details, color overlays to photos, videos or live streams.

Navarra who first spotted the News Feature, also tweeted the screenshot which gives us a preview of what to expect from the new feature. Details are pretty sketchy at the moment, and there is nothing much to the tweet other than the fact that it allows you to add location details, color overlays to photos, videos or live streams.

However, Matt added that a redesigned composer UI is also on the card. It is still early days anyway, and we cannot do anything other than to wait for more details—maybe some a few words from Twitter.

In related news, Twitter is planning, and is in fact already testing a new update that will enable you check a user’s profile without exiting your timeline. This will come in form of a mini profile of a user that will pop up—a move that will make it easier to read threads.

In a tweet on Wednesday, Twitter said: “We’re testing an easier way to check out profiles on iOS without leaving your timeline! Simply tap any @ handle in a Tweet, take a peek, follow, and get right back to it. Let us know what you think!”

The usual thing is for a user to exit the timeline if he wants to view the profile of another user; but this will soon change going by the tweet. With the upcoming feature, which is only limited to iOS for now, a preview of the user’s profile will be floated on your mobile. This is to enable you see the full bio of the user, follower counts, and when he joined Twitter. You will also have an option to go to the full profile, including the standard share options that you normally see by tapping the share button on a tweet.

Recall that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey had a fortnight ago hinted on the possibility of introducing editable tweets. The Twitter CEO said this in a wide-range interview with Joe Rogan, which could well give us a clue into what the microblogging company could be on to next.

Rogan suggested to Dorsey that Twitter add support for an edit button where users could edit their tweet, though the original version of that tweet would still be viewable by people. The response he got showed that Twitter was already thinking along that line.

Dorsey suggesting a 5-second to 30-second window for allowing tweet editing. It does give us a clue into what the microblogging company might be thinking of, but details remain unclear. “You could build it as such so maybe we introduce a 5-second to 30-second delay in the sending. And within that window, you can edit. The issue with going longer than that is it takes that real-time nature of the conversational flow out of it.”

Author: Ola Ric

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