You can access Twitter Spaces on the web (desktop and mobile), but it doesn’t have nearly as many features as the Android and iOS apps. Twitter has responded to Clubhouse with its own version of audio rooms, and other services, like Spotify, have followed suit. Twitter’s enthusiastic embrace of the idea suggests the company believes there is substantial value in integrating real-time chats into its service.
It only took Twitter eight months following the debut of Clubhouse to start testing Spaces. Even before Clubhouse launched, the Android version of Twitter’s app had been upgraded to accommodate Spaces. This allowed the feature to roll out to all users in late 2021. Since then, Twitter has introduced a new tool called Ticketed Spaces, which lets hosts set their own prices to charge people a fee to participate in the conversation.
Methods for Accessing Online Twitter Groups
For iOS and Android, the Twitter client features a prominent Spaces button. By selecting the microphone symbol (Spaces) at the app’s bottom, users can learn about current and future spaces. An additional purple blurb will appear at the very top of the app whenever a user is following someone who is hosting a Live Space. Twitter’s desktop site lacks both of these functions, unfortunately. If you want to invite people who use Twitter on their desktop computers to a specific area, you can do so by sending them a direct message (DM), tweeting about the space, or sharing a link to the space in another medium (email, messaging app, etc.).
It is possible to schedule a reminder for a Twitter Space from a desktop computer. Alternatively, they can conduct a search for active Spaces by prefacing their query with “filter: spaces” and then adding any relevant keywords, such as “filter:spaces football.” When you tap on a Space, you’ll be able to see who is now speaking and who is in the audience. The Twitter desktop app also features access to Recorded Spaces.
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Understanding Twitter’s Virtual Rooms
It was only users with 600 followers or more when Twitter Spaces originally launched. In contrast, anyone can now provide a Twitter Space for their followers. Counting the host and any co-hosts, a Space can accommodate a maximum of 13 speakers. An invitation to speak can be extended to anyone on Twitter; of course, they are under no obligation to accept. Everyone, including those who don’t follow the speakers, is welcome to enter a Space and listen to the conversation, provided they are not prohibited by the host. The host has the power to silence or modify the speakers, as well as grant or deny requests to speak.
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Once in a Space, desktop and mobile users can minimise the window to continue exploring Twitter while listening. Users can also browse the profiles of other Space members and choose to follow them. Twitter Spaces is just one of several new features that the company has introduced or is planning to introduce in an effort to broaden the platform’s utility and appeal.