Twitter’s new feature
On March 14th Twitter stated that they were working on a “camera-first” feature. After delivering the news, Twitter’s stock spiked, rising over seven percent on the day. Although early in development, the new concept is said to resemble some of the Snapchats features while being integrated into Twitters existing platform. It is said to incorporate photo, video, and location. That being said, there is very little known about the new feature and nothing can be confirmed.
What does this new feature mean for Twitter? Why did the Market react so strongly?
To back up their successful earnings report, Twitter will need to report strong earnings in the upcoming quarter in order to increase or maintain their current stock price. To do this, Twitter will have to optimize their advertisement capabilities to maximize their ad revenue. Their new feature plays a huge role in increasing their ad revenue as it is an entirely new part of their platform which means entirely new advertising opportunities. Additionally, video advertising is significantly more expensive than text, therefore, many believe that this “camera-first” feature will have a huge effect on increasing ad revenue. Also, this new feature will allow Twitter to compete with other social media platforms such as Snapchat as they now too will be placing advertisements between photos and videos, similar to Snapchat stories.
What do we think of this new feature?
As it is the beginning steps of developing this feature, it is very difficult to understand the specifics of what it will look like and how people will react to it. We believe that a “camera first” feature in which the user can use their camera to post current/relevant photos or videos will fit seamlessly into Twitter’s current platform. Twitter specializes in current day to day topics in real time, this new feature will enhance the user’s experience by giving them the opportunity to express their ideas and feelings through real-time photo and videos that they take. That being said, there have been instances in which new social media features receive a lot of backlash from their platform users at first (ex. Snapchat update, Instagram stories). Even if Twitter’s new update doesn’t get a positive response at first, we believe that the platform’s users will eventually learn to get used to using it as they did with the other social media features mentioned above. Although in the early stages of development, we feel that a feature of this sort would be huge for Twitter.
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