It looks like Twitter is ready to take the next step and introduce video to tweets. According to The Verge, Twitter boss Dick Costolo and Vine co-founder Dom Hofmann posted a video in a tweet using Vine. Vine is a video service that Twitter had acquired late last year.

The video is short, and has audio. It is the first time we will be seeing the company's video on Twitter. The video indicates that Vine could be launched soon, possibly in the next few weeks. It will allow users to post six-second videos that can be seen within tweets without having to open a link.

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Earlier this month, Twitter had added a new service that allows you to make calls through your Twitter account. This marks the company's entry into the growing list of social networking services that allow video and voice calls.

The new service is the first to use the new WebRTC standard that facilitates real-time communication in the Google Chrome browser using JavaScripts API. Essentially, Twelephone will facilitate real-time communication by using the microphone and camera feed directly from the user’s computer without the need of Flash.

Calls over Twelephone will be coming through an encrypted connection, thereby minimising security risks. Founder Chris Matthieu says that the P2P channel used by Twelephone can create data channels such as audio and video, instant messaging and file transfers securely.

WebRTC has been adopted by Chrome and is on its way for Firefox and Opera, with even Microsoft showing interest. Apple though has not mentioned if Safari will have WebRTC.

Matthieu told TechCrunch that he was planning to build something like Twelephone for over ten years, but didn’t want to use Flash for it. Instead, he used WebRTC for it. Twelephone has been built on NodeJS and is a single page application that also uses web sockets over a Chrome extension.

In a video demonstration, Matthieu showed exactly how easy it is to use Twelephone. The ‘Twelephone’ number or personal identity is your Twitter handle. You need to type in the handle in order to place a call. Once the call is being placed, you need to allow Chrome to access the camera and you can interact with people over Twitter.

Besides being used as an alternative to Skype for interacting with your Twitter friends, Twelephone could probably herald a new era in customer interaction with clients for brands. Many companies are now on Twitter in order to provide a very human face to their conversations with existing and potential clients.

Twitter is sometimes even used as a platform to address customer grievances. Twelephone could potentially be used by companies to speak with hassled customers and provide an even more humane face to their services.

Of course, there is no saying how trolls that run amok on Twitter will react to a call from the company they had been ranting about.

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