So there it is: Twitter’s answer to the hype app Clubhouse. Tests have been running for several months, now Twitter Spaces is officially launched. In our mini-guide, we will tell you everything you absolutely need to know.
This news should be particularly pleasing to Android users who have so far been excluded from the hype: Twitter launches its Clubhouse clone Spaces and rolls it out worldwide.
Although the start runs here also initially with a restriction: Because initially only accounts with more than 600 followers can start a live audio. But Twitter promises to unlock the feature for all accounts in the coming weeks.
How Twitter Spaces work
First of all, all Twitter Spaces are public – just like tweets. If you are currently cavorting with your Twitter account at Spaces, your followers will be shown in the timeline via a purple bubble in the Fleets area.
Currently, anyone can listen to an ongoing audio conversation on Twitter – the number of listeners is unlimited. If you listen, you can react to the conversation with emojis or ask for permission to speak from the host.
Create your own Twitter Spaces only from 600 fans
Users with at least 600 followers can create their own spaces. Currently, there are two ways to do this: Either you start an audio talk for everyone you follow, or only for selected users by invitation.
The host can currently allow up to eleven speakers, but can also remove, report or block them.
Twitter stores conversations for 30 days
On Twitter, the spaces are only publicly available while they are live. The short message service stores the audio data and – if available – subtitles for 30 days after the end of the call.
So Twitter wants to play it safe if violations of the Twitter guidelines have to be checked retrospectively.
Ticketing, scheduling and Co.: These features are still planned for the Twitter Spaces
While the first users can already start their spaces, Twitter continues to work diligently on expanding its audio offering.
For example, there will soon be ticketed spaces where hosts can sell tickets for exclusive access to conversations. The short message service wants to “keep a small amount” of the revenue.
A function for the planning of spaces is also to come soon. Users can also be reminded of upcoming conversations.
But the hosts don’t have to be left alone. Twitter also wants to introduce co-hosting. Thus, a conversation room can continue to exist if one of the hosts has to leave it.
The next competitor for Clubhouse
The news from Twitter Spaces is now likely to finally rob the makers of Clubhouse of their last sleep. Since the launch of the hype app, one major tech player after another has been reporting competing products.
The current download figures should not cause much joy, which Business Insider quotes from Sensor Tower. While 9.6 million users installed the app in February 2021, the number fell to a measly 922,000 in April 2021.
Even in March, the download figures were only 2.7 million – in April it was a full 66 percent less.
Of course, Twitter can now take advantage of this with its Spaces. In addition, the short message service is already established in the market and has a loyal following.
The simultaneous launch on iOS and Android is also an entry on the credit page for Twitter. After all, the missing Android app at Clubhouse was criticized long and in detail. All in all, Twitter would be quite capable of buying Clubhouse the edge.