It’s been on testing for a while now, and today Twitter has given a new look to its development Spacing function, which would add a new level of functionality to its audio social tool.
As you can see here, Twitter is developing a new, simple ‘Record Space’ switch, which would allow Spaces hosts to then download an audio file for editing and reuse outside of the original broadcast itself.
Twitter actually already allows Spaces hosts to download their previous shows, but the process is a bit awkward. This updated recording and reuse feature would help increase the value of Spaces ’broadcast, which could provide more opportunities for monetization, sponsorship, and long-term audience building with a sound option.
It could also potentially open up Twitter’s ability to allow users to share their past spaces on their profile, helping to maximize usage, while Twitter also says it is still working to discover Spaces, a key element in the option’s ever-growing growth.
The main tool in this plan seemed to be the dedicated Spaces tab being developed by Twitter, although the recent arrival of Communities seemed to cast doubt on that, with the Community tab occupying the middle space at the bottom of the feed bar, where the Spaces tab would theoretically be.
In a way, it seemed that Twitter could instead use communities to highlight relevant placements by topic – but then some users have since reported seeing this additional variation.
Which, as the tweet notes, looks a bit cluttered and a bit odd given Twitter’s past resistance to adding new cards.
But I don’t know – maybe all the past thinking came out the window in his new development, and maybe he’ll go with both, or one. Who knows?
In any case, the detection of Spaces remains a key element, and if Twitter fails to do so, it will not get the most out of the tool.
It is also worth noting that, according to TechCrunch, Twitter also plans to launch a new fund for Spaces creators soon, as another way to encourage more Spaces activities.
But let’s get back to the point – while it’s not here yet, recorded spaces are another important functional addition that could help broadcasters get more value from this option, which could help build a larger initial and long-term audience.
Additional privacy considerations should also be considered, but if Twitter can make Spaces a more attractive and useful offer, it could encourage more broadcasters to opt for this option. And while the initial buzz about audio social media has somewhat subsided, the nature of Twitter seems to be real-time aligned with the Spaces option, so it might fit in well.
Obviously, there’s still a lot in development, but Spaces promises — as long as Twitter ensures it’s a more complete and comprehensive offering, directly related to the use of the platform, as opposed to the fastener.
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