Twitter is opening its live audio platform Spaces to all accounts with 600 or more followers. The idea being that those people are “likely to have a good experience hosting live conversations” based on their existing audience.
Introduced in December for a handful of iPhone owners and expanded to Android beta testers in March, the Clubhouse competitor is “focused on the intimacy of the human voice,” and allows people more than 280 characters to engage.
“From tweeting to talking, reading to listening, Spaces encourages and unlocks real, open conversations on Twitter with the authenticity and nuance, depth and power only the human voice can bring,” according to a company blog announcement.
When someone you follow creates or speaks in a live Space, it will appear as a purple bubble at the top of your timeline, and remain there as long as it’s live. Enter as a listener to react with emojis, see pinned tweets, message folks, follow along with captions, or request to speak. Join as a speaker, and you can talk, pin tweets, turn on captions, and share the Space with others.
“Spaces are for small and intimate conversations with just a few others, or for big discussions about what’s unfolding right now with thousands of listeners. From connecting to your favorite musician to a post show about the game or a recap of news that just dropped, dig into the topics and conversations you care about with people you know and people you want to know.”
Admins have full control over who can and cannot respond in their Space; hosts can mute individual speakers and take away their mic, mute all speakers at the same time, or remove people from the group altogether. Anyone can report and block others, or report the Space.
Twitter also teased more features to come, based on user feedback, including ticketed Spaces (hosts can limit groups and earn revenue), reminders, co-hosting, better accessibility, and more ways to discover new Spaces.