Twitter Spaces, Twitter’s answer to the Clubhouse phenomenon, is already here. Perhaps ‘answer’ is an understatement: the microblogging network aspires to repeat Instagram’s achievement when it copied the ‘stories’ format and left its creator, Snapchat, out in the cold.
What Spaces offers is, in a nutshell, a tool to create, in a very simple way, public chat rooms (with no limit to the number of listeners) based on audio. And all this without leaving the Twitter app itself.
For now, only a minority of users have been notified that they are already able to host this kind of conversations, but in the next two weeks this functionality will be generalized to reach all tweeters (as long as their accounts are not protected).
And, in any case, all of us can already participate as listeners: you can try it out by joining the spaces you’ll see at the top of your Twitter timeline although you’ll need to be using the latest versions of the Twitter apps for Android and iOS.
Android users can access the spaces but cannot, for now, act as hosts of the spaces. Small limitations that we will see disappear once Spaces is out of its current beta phase.
Good news: once you are participating in a space, you can continue to make normal use of your smartphone, and Twitter does not need to remain maximized on the screen.
How to create a space (iOS only).
- Press and hold the ‘Write’ button, then press the ‘Spaces’ icon.
- Select who will get permissions to speak in the conversation. The options are ‘Everyone’, ‘People you follow’ or ‘Only people you invite to talk’ (in the latter case, you will have to select them one by one and they will receive the invitation link in a direct message).
- Press “Start your space” to begin, then grant the Twitter app access to the device’s microphone if you haven’t already done so.
Remember that you also have the option to add a descriptive title to your space, so users know what you’re talking about.
What new features can we expect in the coming weeks?
In addition to what we said above about all users soon being able to be both listeners and hosts, there are a number of features that Twitter is already working on, such as the ability for a space to have more than one host.
Twitter officials say that they are developing tools for hosts who want to record their spaces… and, in parallel, and for security reasons, they promise that they will enable measures to prevent conversations from being recorded without the consent of the attendees.
Hosts will be allowed to schedule the broadcasting of their spaces, so that users interested in listening to them do not have to wait for the link to be posted to access them once they have already been created.
Currently, we can share tweets with the participants of a space… but, in addition, from next week all the people who join a space will be able to see all the tweets that have been previously shared in it.