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Everything you need to know (for now) about Twitter Spaces

Have you noticed anything weird on Twitter lately? You’ve probably seen a strange item in the Fleets’ navigation area. A purple crown that surrounds the avatars of users you follow. If so, you have already had the first contact with Twitter Spaces.

For those who are not yet aware of this information, these are audio chat rooms that some users may create. I say “some” because at the end of December 2020 the creation of these rooms were only available in the private beta for some selected iOS users.

“And what about those of us who have Android?” Many people will wonder who watched with some envy how iPhone owners participated and created audio chats with the ClubHouse app.

And the thing is, Larry the bird has flown faster and has gone ahead.

This past March 3, the best-known microblogging company launched Android users to access the rooms. Although not creating them.

This idea taken from ClubHouse, also shamelessly, we do not reject it, since it means going one step further in the democratization of this new way of communicating.

But is it useful? Will it be successful? We do not know it yet.

We are witnessing the dawn of its creation but what is sure is a really interesting time to keep track of each and every one of the changes that the developers are executing. And it is that they have caught a very accelerated pace.

It is true that Android users cannot create rooms yet, but we are sure it is a matter of time.

Not all, but some of the people who have iPhones can already create their own rooms by long pressing the pen button in the bottom right corner and then the new Audio Rooms icon or by clicking your profile picture on Fleets.

Up to 10 users can be invited as listener or speaker, but the new audience is unlimited.

These rooms are public if the user has the profile open. Thus, anyone who follows a room host can join the room as a listener. You will only have the right to speak if you choose between the three different options, which are: everyone, people you follow, or only people I invite to speak.

Since social networks are a living entity that is constantly changing, Twitter Spaces is in the testing phase and only grants that room creation access to that small number of users who identify themselves in their bio with a purple dot.

So if you missed seeing that icon hanging around lately, don’t lose sight of them.

Now, what happens to that audio after the meeting ends? According to the information provided by Twitter, these audio rooms will be active only while they remain open. The public will not have access to them, but Twitter will keep them for 30 days to ensure that there are no violations of its rules in a Room.

On the other hand, the hosts will be able to download a copy as long as it exists, and the other participants, the transcript. To do this, they would have to keep that function activated while the audio chat is taking place.

We do not know the date on which Twitter Spaces will be active for all users without any type of restriction or if people will be reluctant to such a substantial change. But what we do believe is a good way to explore new horizons and have access to more expert voices (and inexperienced who also have something to say) within the different communities.

In the same way that this next March 30 we will witness the death of Periscope, we hope that this will lead to the life of Twitter Spaces.

Sabela Uría

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