As Twitter wants to make Spaces a greater element of the in-app experience, it is now introducing a key update that could help take it to the next level.
Today, Twitter officially launched Spaces recording to selected hosts on iOS.
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one feature you were looking for is Spaces Recording and playback capability. Some iOS hosts will now be able to capture their spaces and share them with their audience. pic.twitter.com/Puz78oCm4t
– Spaces (@TwitterSpaces) October 28, 2021
As you can see here, the selected Spaces hosts will now be able to toggle the switch in the space setting process that will make recording easier, giving them a new way to share and reuse Spaces audio, and maximize the value of the option.
Hosts will be able to download an audio recording of their Space, which they can then edit as a podcast or as audio clips to help promote upcoming shows.
Moreover, recordings will not be extended only to downloaded files, with previously broadcast spaces that have been recorded also available to people to turn them off in the application.
This could greatly increase the value of Spaces, even if it moves beyond the original, ephemeral approach that led to audio social conversations gaining ground in the first place.
Amid the rise of the Clubhouse, the fact that audio conversations only existed in real time was a key element of their appeal, as some saw them as a substitute for real-life compensation, which are also not recorded for posterity. But the recording option facilitates more functionality, with broadcasters looking to build an audience now able to reuse and redistribute their audio for wider coverage and connectivity.
This could be further expanded if Twitter possibly allows hosts to store audio streams on their profiles, with, potentially, a new audio content profile card.
But even without that storage option at the next level, the capacity to extract more value from your Spaces chat is significant and will increase the appeal of Spaces as more people gain access to this option.
The only additional considerations will be about whether your guests want to be filmed and how licensing for it might work. There may be some complications around reusing someone else’s sound without permission, but Twitter will no doubt work on adding alerts to let guests and listeners know which spaces are being recorded, other than the basic ‘Rec’ symbol flashing in the upper left corner of the screen.
Twitter puts a lot of emphasis on Spaces as a key connectivity tool because it wants to build its audience and maximize in-app engagement. The platform has increased its speed of development and introduced a number of new features in recent months to expand use, but so far most of them seem to have failed and not caught users in any way.
Spaces is probably the best option, and it wants to double it with its dedicated Spaces card and advanced detection features, which could make it a more prominent element in the app.
The recordings are another key aspect and it will be interesting to see how the use of Spaces develops as a result.
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