Twitter Spaces is still experimenting with podcast-like capabilities

Spaces Recordings, a feature that would allow presenters to publish tweets with audio recordings of previous Spaces, has been in the works at Twitter. When presenters share the recordings, they can now see how many people tuned in life as well as how many people repeated the clip afterwards.

we’ve been working on Spaces Recordings and if you’re a Host with access, you’ll now see how many listeners joined live AND how many people replayed the recording

let us know what you think!

— Spaces (@TwitterSpaces) January 6, 2022

The long-teased feature will stay in private testing for a while longer, according to a Twitter spokeswoman, although the testing group has been increased a couple of times since its debut. In the future, Twitter plans to expand the use of this function.

Users in the live space will notice a “Rec” button with a red dot next to it while a Space is being recorded. If a host subsequently distributes the tape, they may change the start time so that future listeners don’t have to listen to minutes of dead air if the Space didn’t start immediately. Users can see who is talking and who was in the room while listening to a recorded Space, just as they do in a live Space.

Some updates on recorded Spaces:

▪️ The option to record a Space is available for some hosts on both iOS and Android.
▪️ The option to listen to a recording of a Space is available for everyone on iOS, Android, and now web!

— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) December 6, 2021

Listeners will benefit from these capabilities since they will be able to interact with material that they may have missed from their favourite presenters asynchronously. This replay function, on the other hand, makes it simpler for presenters to create an audience. In November, Clubhouse launched a similar tool called Replay, which allows users to save audio and alter it before sharing it as a podcast. Twitter has been allowing users to download their Spaces audio recordings from the previous 30 days since June.

Twitter’s Spaces feature has grown so popular that it now takes up the whole centre tab on its mobile app. However, there have been several delays in the development of the live audio function. Users of Twitter Spaces have recently complained receiving plainly damaging information, such as Spaces with racist names that stayed on their feeds even after being reported. Hateful material has also been a problem for other live audio applications like Clubhouse. Twitter hasn’t said if or how its Spaces moderation would extend beyond its current reporting tools.

A Twitter spokeswoman said, “We’re looking towards more proactive detection and researching and creating additional moderation solutions.” “Spaces is an iterative product, and we’ll continue to learn, attentively listen, and make adjustments based on feedback as more people use it.”