This week, we asked our colleague Tony McGovern to check out Twitter Spaces. Twitter Spaces are audio-based chat rooms which work from within your Twitter account. It’s a space where you can reach all your followers and non-followers to enhance networking. 

Spaces are currently in the Beta stages and previously only available on iOS/Apple platforms. The Beta version was recently released to some Android users. As yet, Twitter has not announced when Spaces will be available to everyone but insist they are working on this. 

We will look at using Twitter Spaces via the Twitter App.

How to use Twitter Spaces? 

Create a Twitter account or log in. There are two options to start a Space.

Number one, press and hold the compose button (the Quill Pen in the blue circle), then tap the Spaces icon on the left.

Alternatively (number two) tap on Fleet (these are Twitter stories which last up to 24 hours), then tap Spaces on the right. 

Next, decide who can talk in the space. It is a conversation or a broadcast?

Maybe you only want to talk (i.e., teacher), or you may decide to invite others to the talk (i.e., panel discussion) and Twitter can send Direct Message (DM) invites to those people. Perhaps only people who follow you can talk (i.e., students) or you can let everyone talk (i.e., community). Whichever option you decide, choose with care.  

At this stage, you’ve set talking permissions and the mic ‘off’ by default. To begin the Space, tap Start your Space and allow Mic access (definitely an important step). Then decide on transcription sharing, this is good from an accessibility viewpoint.

You are good to go. Good luck and start talking! 

Going Live 

Once started, Twitter Spaces is live in real-time. Twitter allows up to 10 Speakers (plus host) per Space and unlimited listeners. The host has control over who can speak in the Space and listeners can request to speak. When an event ends, it’s up to the host to end the Space (which ends the event and effectively kicks everyone out).  

Privacy 

It is our responsibility to highlight any privacy issues. You may not have read the terms and conditions when you signed up to Twitter or Twitter may have updated it’s T&Cs with additional services.  

As a company, Twitter keeps copies of Spaces for 30 days, unless there is a violation of Twitter rules. If violations occur, the Space is kept for an extra 90 days.

Hosts of Spaces can download a copy of the Space data (if Twitter has the original Space copy). Once Twitter deletes the Space, downloads are no longer available. Twitter will record transcriptions of conversations in the Space. It is not clear if Twitter keeps a list of Space attendees.  

Conclusion  

Twitter Spaces is an up-and-coming feature which is creating a lot of interest and connectivity online. This service has huge potential in its ability to reach out and connect large numbers of users as it allows an unlimited amount of people to share the same experience. 

This is an audio-only feature, no visuals. Spaces is not the only service like this on social media and next week, we look at Messenger Rooms.

As final thoughts, could Spaces be used to host a work conference? Might you see benefit of teaching using Spaces? What about growing communities? Possibly, speakers could host live discussions! It’s up to you how you decide to use Twitter spaces.  


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