Spaces: Twitter voice chat is coming

What is Twitter Spaces

The human voice can add a new layer of connectivity to Twitter through emotions, nuances and empathy often lost in text. We see this with voice tweets and voice DMs. Sometimes 280 characters aren’t enough and voice offers another way for people to join the conversation.

So Twitter introduces a new feature that could soon be integrated into all profiles of the popular micro-blogging social network.

In his Twitter Help Center he briefly explains what Spaces is and how it will work.

Spaces is a place to meet, built around the voices of people using Twitter, your Twitter community. Spaces are active as long as they are open; once finished, they will no longer be publicly available on Twitter.

NOTE: Spaces is currently only open to a limited number of users and is still in beta testing. After this step, the new function will be integrated into the Twitter app (or in a separate app).

Che cos'è Twitter Spaces

How to use Twitter Spaces

Also in the Help, Twitter shows us how to create these vocal spaces for conversation.

You can create a Space in two ways:

Long press on Write and then tap the new Spaces icon on the far left.

Or, tap your profile picture in Fleets, scroll to the far right and tap Spaces.

You can invite up to 10 people to speak. This is your Space to share thoughts, send emojis and more.

You can select who can participate with speaking privileges by choosing from everyone, people you follow or just people you invite to speak, which allows you to send DM invitations.

Your microphone will turn off to start. When you’re ready, tap Launch Your Space.

Allow access to the microphone by turning on Allow access to the microphone.

Choose whether or not to share transcripts by turning the button on or off.

Start recording in your Space.

Things-to-know-about-twitter-spaces

  • For the time being, these Twitter voices are designed as public . Each space will have a public link that can be shared.
  • Since the Spaces will be public, anyone can participate as a listener. If you create a space, your Twitter followers will see it in their feed.
  • The person who opens a space has control over who can speak. It can also remove, report and block other users.
  • For now, up to 10 people can speak in a Space at the same time.
  • Spaces will be active as long as they are open; once finished, they will no longer be publicly available on Twitter.

Many of these features had already been identified two months ago by the attentive reverse engineer Jane Manchun Wong.

Recently Twitter bought Squad and announced the acquisition of Breaker, a podcast service with integrated social features. The developers of these companies will join the team working on Twitter Spaces. Twitter chief engineer Michael Montano said in a post that the Breaker developers will help improve public Twitter conversations.

The company will continue to talk about the news of Spaces from a dedicated Twitter account, @TwitterSpaces.

Who will use Twitter Spaces

The vocal spaces of Twitter seem a response to the polarization that, unfortunately, is increasingly widespread within social networks. It is increasingly difficult, in fact, to start a real conversation within them, a real dialogue, to confront each other when they have different ideas.

Twitter intends the Spaces to be places where any idea can have the space it deserves, without being overwhelmed by background noise. But for this to happen, the moderation of these voice chats must work as it should and they must really be protected places where you can express yourself freely.

When Spaces will extend to all Twitter users, their impact in public conversations within social networks will be measured.

Also, it will be interesting to see if the brand will take advantage of this new opportunity to interact, “by voice”, with their customers and ambassadors through the company Twitter profile. It could be the beginning of a new customer care.

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