"Pictures or video clips received from the UAV are selected and placed in messages broadcast by an account associated with the UAV. Video footage from the camera is live-streamed in a card-type message," reads the patent application, which was applied for in June 2014, and granted earlier this month.
When asked to comment on the patent application, a Twitter spokesman referred to "drone selfies," which the company already exhibited at an advertising festival last year in Cannes.
Its drones flew above the crowd at the festival and took what the company termed "dronies," or drone selfies of those in attendance.
Twitter is not alone in attempting to use drones to extend its services; both Amazon and Google last month revealed their plans to make deliveries using drones.
Google's 'Project Wing' project leader Dave Vos told an air traffic conference that the internet giant aims to begin carrying out commercial deliveries by drone in 2017, and Amazon released a video of its planned 'Prime Air' delivery system, which it says will deliver packages in less than 30 minutes.