Twitter’s product teams again have demonstrated that they aren’t slowing down on bringing new stuff to the table. We recently reported how the microblogging app decided to shut down the ‘Fleets’ feature. With fleets out of the picture, the company announces updates to her live audio rooms – Space. Last year, Twitter first introduced Spaces in a limited test, in a bid to expand the Clubhouse-like feature more broadly to anyone with at least 600 followers. Today, Twitter is giving Space hosts the ability to add two co-hosts, who they can rope in through an invite system. Twitter Spaces will allow one main host, two additional co-hosts, and up to 10 speakers at a time. Twitter hopes the addition of co-hosts will make the task of moderation much more manageable and enjoyable, as they’ll be able to vet speaker requests, tap speakers, and give anyone in the Space the boot.
Once invited, co-hosts have almost all the same privileges of moderating and managing as the main host: co-hosts can speak, pin tweets, invite other members of the room to speak, boot people from the room, and many more. Though there are a few limitations, only the main host can invite or remove other users as co-hosts — one co-host can’t invite a second one, for example. Co-hosts also can’t end the room; only the original host can.
In a bid to introduce this update to users, Twitter started rolling out new ways to share and discover Spaces. For example, with just one tap, you’ll be able to send a tweet with the link to that Spaces. Of course, it was already possible to share the link to open a Spaces before, but that required a few extra taps. However, there are even more new features for Spaces users with this update. The tech company also announced that guest management in Spaces has been improved. Spaces now come with a section to separate current speakers from those who have requested to speak. The controls for participants have been moved to the top so that they’re always accessible to users. The update also fixed some bugs on the Twitter Spaces platform as well. In a post on in its account, Twitter Spaces also explained that the long-gone Fleets bar is now referred to as “Space bar,” and that it’s working on bringing back the creation of Spaces to the older Fleets line.
Interestingly, quite a number of major social apps combined the live audio feature into their already existing platforms in light of Clubhouse’s major breakout. In June, Spotify launched Greenroom, a standalone app that allows people to create 1,000-person voice events. Facebook also joined the Live Room race when it launched its own spin Live Audio Rooms in June. Discord, already a leader in voice-based chat, added its own Clubhouse-like event channels in March. Twitter followed the same trend with Spaces, but unlike with Fleets, it looks like the company plans to continue supporting the relatively new Space feature. Twitter is expected to soon implement a voice transformer feature with multiple voice effects for users as Bee, Cartoon, Helium, Incognito, Karaoke, Microphone, Phone, Spatial, Stadium, and Stage in the coming months.