Twitter has been granted a patent for an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for capturing pictures and videos that can be shared on members' accounts through the microblogging site's internal network. The drone will be reportedly controlled by users' likes, tweets and other feedback, determining what images and videos to record and share.
Companies such as Amazon, Walmart and Google have also expressed interest at the possibilities of using drones for speedier delivery of products to their consumer base. Google is believed to have said that it expects to begin drone deliveries by 2017.
The company's interest in drones and its subsequent patent grant last week comes after Twitter earlier this year launched Periscope, which allows users to stream videos live from their accounts.
With the rise in consumption and sales of drones, the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) has formed new rules that reportedly state that all civilian drone owners in the US, aged above 13, must register their UAV on their online registration website. However, the current rules are yet to make allowances for advanced drone ideas like the one Twitter has come up with.
Interest in civilian and commercial drone use has risen exponentially in the past few years. In addition to being one of the most popular presents for young adults and adolescents, drones have also attracted the interest of commercial industries. According to Michael Huerta, administrator with the FAA, over 400,000 drones are expected to be purchased before Christmas.
With Twitter's share prices reportedly falling by 38% this year, the company seems to be determined in ensuring that it does not lose its edge in the race to remain one of the most popular social media platforms.