Twitter is working on an audio-based network called ‘Spaces’ and has acquired a podcast app called ‘Breaker’. The Breaker app is what you would call the Instagram of podcasts.. ‘Spaces’ is a voice chat room where the users can start a conversation and invite followers to participate. In this audio-chat room, only 10 people can speak while others listen in. In June last year, Twitter unveiled its cool voice feature that allows people to send audio tweets.
This project is one of the coolest features Twitter has worked on if you ask me. Texts don’t always capture the entirety of a message. It misses out on quality features like empathy and emotion which can be captured through listening to someone’s voice.
The acquisition of the ‘Breaker app’
To get this audio network up and running, Twitter is working with the Breaker app team. Breaker co-founder Erik Berlin said, “Breaker added a social community element with features such as liking and commenting on episodes of podcasts”. These unique features are probably what made this app likable to Twitter.
Twitter believes this deal will help it improve the health of public conversations for users since they can interact much better.
Breaker’s team is thrilled to be working with the social media app on this cool project as some of them announced the acquisition on Tuesday. Leah Culver, Breaker app co-founder in a tweet wrote “I’m joining Twitter to help build @TwitterSpaces”.
Erik Berlin, Breaker app co-founder wrote in a blog post, “Here at Breaker, we’re truly passionate about audio communication and we’re inspired by the ways Twitter is facilitating public conversations for people around the world. We’re impressed by the entrepreneurial spirit at Twitter and enthusiastic about the new experiences that the team is creating.”
The podcast app is going to shut down on 15th January 2021 as it gives users ample time to move podcasts and subscriptions to new forums for listening.
Twitter Spaces is still in its testing phase with only a select number of users having access to it. The tech giant hasn’t exactly stated when it believes the feature will be ready so all we can do now is wait anxiously. In a move to make the app more inclusive, Twitter also announced in December that it is planning to add automated captions to audio and video on the platform early this year, a feature that would help people with disabilities access the app in a more meaningful way.