Twitter has been working on podcast-like features called Spaces Recordings, a feature that will allow hosts to share tweets with audio recordings of past Spaces. Now, when hosts share the recordings, they’re able to see how many listeners joined life, as well as how many people replayed the recording after the fact.
Twitter Extends Testing Phase of Spaces Recordings
A Twitter representative stated that the long-teased podcast-like features, Spaces Recordings will remain in closed testing for a bit longer, but that they have extended the testing group a few times since rollout. Twitter does plan on launching Spaces Recordings more broadly in the future.
When a Space is being recorded, users in the live space will see a “Rec” button with a red dot next to it. If a host shares the recording later, they can edit the beginning time so that future listeners don’t have to hear minutes of dead air if the Space didn’t start right away.
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When listening to a recorded Space in the podcast-like features, users can see who’s talking and who was in the room, similar to in a live Space. Spaces Recordings are useful for listeners since they’re able to asynchronously engage with content that they may miss from their favorite hosts. But for the hosts themselves, this replay feature makes it easier to build an audience.
Spaces has Evolved to be a Staple Product of Twitter
Spaces has evolved to be a staple of Twitter, even occupying the center tab on its mobile app. However, the growth of the live audio feature hasn’t come without setbacks. Recently, Twitter Spaces users have reported being served blatantly destructive content — including Spaces with racist headers that remained on their feeds even after being notified.
“We’re exploring more proactive detection and working on evaluating and developing new moderation options,” stated a Twitter spokesperson. “Spaces is an iterative product and as more people use it, we’ll continue to learn, thoughtfully listen and make improvements based on feedback.”