What you need to know about Twitter Spaces and how to use them

Twitter announced the Spaces feature was coming soon sometime in November 2020 as the social media platform promised to bring audio conversations to the app. Twitter Spaces is a new way to have live audio conversations on Twitter according to the platform. This makes it easier for users to interact via the platform since spoken messages are always easier to interpret because you can pick up certain aspects like the person’s tone.

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Twitter has been testing and building this feature since December with an early beta-version that was released for a select group of individuals. Now officially launched this month, Twitter Spaces is available to everyone on the app. Anyone on iOS and Android can join and listen in a Space and a small group of people on iOS are able to create a Space according to Twitter.

How to start chatting via Twitter Spaces

Only people on iOS are able to create a Space on Twitter. Someone who creates a Space is the Host. As a Host on iOS, you can start a Space in two ways: Long press on the Tweet compose icon on your Home Timeline and then tap the new Spaces icon (multiple circles forming a diamond shape) on the far left. Or you can tap on your profile image in Fleets, scroll to the far right, and tap Spaces. 

One of the best things about Twitter Spaces is that anyone can join in and listen, it is public to everyone even those who don’t follow you. You can invite listeners into a Space by sending them a link through Direct Messages, tweet out a link or share it on any other platform.

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Twitter Spaces can accommodate a number of people and let up to 11 people including the Host speak at any given time. The Host has the liberty to pick anyone to speak by choosing from ‘Everyone’, ‘People you follow’, or ‘Only people you invite to speak’ which lets you send out invites via Direct Messages. Once the Space has started, the Host can manage who can speak by granting and revoking speaking permissions to participants in the Space. Listeners can also request permission to speak from the Host by tapping on the ‘Request’ icon below the microphone.

Here are some things you should note when using Twitter Spaces.

  1. When creating a Space, your mic will be off to start. When ready, tap “Start your Space.”
  2. Allow mic access (speaking ability) to Speakers by toggling “Allow mic access” to on.
  3. As a Listener, choose whether or not you want to see captions (if Hosts/Speakers have turned them on) by tapping the “View Captions” button on or off in your Spaces settings.
  4. You have the option to add a Description or name to your Space. This can also be modified at any point while your Space is active.
  5. Get started chatting in your Space.

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