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X (Twitter) Introduces Audio and Video Calls with Unique Features

Elon Musk Announces Audio and Video Calls Coming to X (Twitter)

X, formerly known as Twitter, is set to introduce audio and video calling features without the need to share phone numbers, enhancing user communication.

In Brief:

  • X is expanding its features with audio and video call capabilities.

  • These call features will be conveniently located within the Direct Message (DM) menu.

  • X is also unveiling 'Hirings,' a new professional networking feature.

Elon Musk, the owner of X, has been on a spree unveiling new features for the platform, aiming to transform it into an all-encompassing app. Recently, X Hiring, a feature enabling organizations to post job listings on their profiles, was rolled out to users.

Now, Elon Musk has revealed yet another addition to the platform - audio and video calls. While in-app calling is not groundbreaking in 2023, X has finally embraced this feature that has long been available on rival platforms.

Announcing the feature on the platform, the official tweet reads, 'Video & audio calls coming to X: Works on iOS, Android, Mac & PC, No phone number needed, X is the effective global address book.

That set of factors is unique.'

Reportedly, these new features will be seamlessly integrated into the Direct Message (DM) menu, with the video calling option located in the top right corner. The design of the new DM menu will bear similarities to other popular platforms like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp.

Linda Yaccarino, CEO, confirmed this development in an interview with CNBC, emphasizing that these new features are designed to 'enhance communication on the platform' and 'offer users more ways to connect.'

Andrea Conway, a design engineer at X, shared an image of the new DM menu on Twitter, showcasing the video calling option. It is positioned at the top right corner of the menu, alongside existing options for sending text messages, photos, and videos.

The rollout of these audio and video calling features is expected to reach all users in the coming weeks.

This addition aims to enhance communication on the platform and responds to competitors like Meta, which already facilitates calling across its platforms, including Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram.

Elon Musk has been vocal about his vision to make X a comprehensive platform, enabling users to subscribe to their favorite creators, watch long-form videos, share payments, and even store money.

Progress has already been made in this direction, with X recently sharing revenue with creators and supporting videos of up to two hours in length.

In addition to these changes, Musk has introduced 'Hirings,' a professional networking feature similar to LinkedIn. It simplifies the job hiring process by providing a verified space for job seekers and employers.

'Hirings' will initially be available to verified organizations vetted by Twitter, ensuring a secure platform for job seekers. Job listings will be visible on the organization's profile and can be searched using keywords, location, and other criteria.

Candidates can conveniently apply for jobs directly on Twitter and can be contacted by employers via the platform.

While 'Hirings' is currently in beta testing and accessible to verified organizations in the United States, Elon Musk intends to expand its availability to more countries in the future.

Verified organizations interested in early access to 'Hirings' can sign up at verified.


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