Twitter Spaces is here, let’s chat
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So far you have probably not been cool or popular enough to have Twitter Spaces access. Don’t feel guilty about it; neither were we. Only select people can create and host audio chatrooms on Twitter. But this changed today. Today. Users with 600 or more spaces will now be allowed to host Twitter. You could even make money while you’re doing it.
What are Twitter spaces?
Imagine a telephone conference, but your followers are invited. Picture a zoom call alternatively, where nobody works with the camera and you’re more in control about who can talk or who can talk. This is Twitter Spaces’s premise. It has the same basic idea that the inviting app Clubhouse saw after its launch earlier this year a huge increase in popularity. It’s like the stage channels of Discord too.
As Twitter says in today’s statement, spaces are designed to be extremely flexible to accommodate small groups of people who are familiar with each other or to hold large Twitter meetings who simply want to talk about a particular topic (or listen to people talk).
But Facebook was also trying with Rooms a similar strategy, including both video and audio. Other companies such as LinkedIn and even Reddit currently have a social audio feature in their versions
What’s new, what else?
Twitter says it is now working on new features that are going to roll into spaces, in addition to the expanded user pool. Users can eventually co-host spaces with others so that the responsible people can share moderation duties. In the future, members can also plan spaces so that the participants can recall them.
The next ticket spaces are probably the most striking new feature. The creators could charge a fee for admission. Twitter says that in the coming weeks a limited number of users will receive this privilege. You can set the entry price and limit the number of tickets sold.
Until now, creators were not able to turn their Twitter influence into cash without the involvement of a sponsor from a third party. However, Twitter could take some of the hype from Clubhouse’s sails with the help of an integrated way to generate revenue.
Twitter also offers real-time Spaces subtitles which are still lacking at present in Clubhouse. I’m happy to see Twitter as a priority this is an important accessibility tool.
How do you start a Twitter Spaces?
Right now, if you want to participate in a Space, you will need to use the Twitter app for iOS or Android. The company says that it is currently working on a web customer feature version, but when that becomes a reality, it does not have any official timeline.
You can start by pushing the compose button if you have the feature activated (you will need to qualify at a minimum of 600 followers again). Then the icon Spaces can be taped and instructions will be followed.
Each area may accommodate up to 11 speakers, invited by the host. The audience can actively ask for speech privileges during the session, but before they speak their thoughts a host needs to approve them.
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