Twitter has rolled out another set of Spaces updates, including permanent recordings (as opposed to them deleting after 30 days), the capacity to save recordings after the broadcast, and new details within the Spaces bar at the top of the app.
First off, on permanent recordings – after initially launching its Spaces recording feature to all users back in January, Twitter is now extending the life of those recordings beyond the initial 30-day period.
That will provide more capacity to attract listeners over the longer term, and keep conversations alive in the app. In addition to this, Twitter’s also adding a new listing of your recorded Spaces within app settings menu, where you’ll be able to play each session back, delete those that you don’t want to keep or share a recording direct from the list.
It will enhance the functional value of Spaces chats, making them more podcast-like, and more of a vehicle for ongoing promotion and audience building – though it does seem to also maybe go against what made audio platforms like Clubhouse so attractive, to begin with, in that they were live, in-the-moment chats that you had to be there to catch. But podcasts are clearly more of the angle that Twitter’s now going for, based on these example screens of another new test in the back end of the app.
Twitter’s also developing ‘Stations’ within the Spaces tab, which would incorporate podcasts into its audio stream, providing even more options for tuning into on-demand audio content within the app. That would make Spaces recordings even more valuable, and potentially help Spaces broadcasters translate their work into a monetizable podcast process.
On another front, Twitter will now also enable iOS users to record a Space when the broadcast is over, even if they didn’t hit ‘Record’ during the session.
This also means that the ‘REC’ marker would not have been present during the session, alerting participants to the fact that this was being recorded, which could be problematic for some contributors.
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Finally, Twitter’s also adding new details into the Spaces bar on Android, including additional, scrolling insights into who’s hosting, the topics being discussed, who’s shared a Tweet in the chat and more.
Twitter hasn’t shared specific data, so maybe there’s more to it, and that’s why it’s so keen to push ahead with more Spaces tools. But either way, it’s giving it its best opportunity to succeed, and it’s seemingly not done yet with its Spaces development.