Twitter Spaces : Twitter is evolving its Spaces feature by adding a Spaces for Web option, allowing access to the feature via desktop PCs.
Spaces, according to Twitter, are a novel way to have a conversation. Spaces or audio chat rooms are similar to the Clubhouse concept, and were announced in December last year. Spaces is still in the testing phase, and though anyone with Twitter for iOS and Android can join a Space, only select users can create one. Twitter plans to increase the number of users who can create Spaces. This audio-based feature will allow a user to have a live conversation with another user or group of users. These conversations will appear when they are happening and no longer be available once they end.
Twitter also mentioned that copies of conversations, or Spaces, will be retained for 30 days to review them for violations. These copies can be downloaded by the host as long as they are retained by Twitter. Copies of transcriptions can be downloaded by speakers as well.
Spaces will appear in the same space as Fleet on the Twitter interface, above the Home timeline. A space can be started in two ways; either long-press compose and tap the Spaces icon, or tap on the profile image in Fleets, and scroll to the right. Users can invite up to 10 people to speak and share thoughts. The microphone will be off to begin with, and will start once the user clicks on Start your Space and toggles the ‘allow mic access’ option to on. Users will also have the option to choose if they want to share transcriptions with the help of another toggle button.
Users will also have the option to choose who can speak by choosing from options. As of now, Spaces is a public option and anyone can join in to listen.
Spaces for Desktops
As Twitter’s Spaces feature continues to evolve, the social media giant has now added new Spaces for Web features. This will allow users to join Spaces via their desktops.
The Spaces for Web option will have more area to display users and will show a simple prompt allowing the option to join from a PC. This will work well for broadcasters who would like to add a little polish to audio rooms. For example, several podcasters have professional sound recording devices and microphones, which can be put to use through home desktops. These users will not need to buy separate microphones for their mobile devices, even though great-sounding mics are available in the market.
Developments like these may add pressure to other platforms like Clubhouse. It is still in test mode and doesn’t have a desktop version or an Android app. Though Clubhouse started out strong, with a stunning 2 million users in a short time, latest figures indicate a decline in interest in the platform. Twitter’s Spaces feature and Facebook’s own audio platforms could be a reason for concern for the trending app. Additionally, the introduction of web or desktop access is a big point in favor of Spaces.