Except you are not a Twitter user, you should have probably heard the buzz about Twitter’s latest feature: Twitter Spaces. Also, you might be wondering what it is and how it works.
This new feature officially launched for beta testing in December 2020. It’s essentially like Twitter’s very own version of Clubhouse. It functions the same way in that you host a room and people can listen to your conversation live.
Even though Twitter Spaces is expected to create some big competition for Clubhouse, it already has some pretty nice features that Clubhouse lacks. For example, emoji reactions, which allow listeners to offer feedback without having to actually speak.
And you can also turn on transcriptions (spot them in the above image on the left), which can be downloaded after the conversation ends and be repurposed for those who couldn’t join live. And you can even share tweets inside your Spaces.
How to Start Using Twitter Spaces
Twitter Spaces is available on the iOS and Android version of the Twitter app. Be sure to download the most recent update in the App Store to ensure it works properly.
Users can join Spaces and participate as either a listener and even request the ability to speak as long as they follow a room host or speaker.
How to Host a Space
What you’ll need to do is long-press on the “compose” button in the bottom right-hand corner. However, when you long-press, a few options will appear, including Spaces if it’s available to you.
The other option is to tap on your profile image in Fleets. Then, you can scroll through the selections there (text, camera roll, capture, etc.). All the way to the right, you’ll find Spaces.
From there, you can invite up to 10 people to join you as speakers. You’ll also have the ability to choose who can join with speaking privileges (everyone, people you follow, or only people you invite to speak).
This can be changed while you’re live. When you’re ready to get started, just tap “Start Your Space.” People will then be able to see your Space and join. Remember that Spaces are public, so anyone can tune in.
If You Want to Listen to Space
When you open the Twitter app, you will see Spaces in progress at the top of your Twitter feed. They will be located in the same spot where you find Fleets.
You’ll know the difference because Twitter Spaces will have a purple ring around the speaker’s avatar, whereas Fleets uses a blue ring. If you see a room that you’d like to join, you simply need to tap on it and you’ll enter as a listener.
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