Twitter Spaces continues to test podcast-like features – TechCrunch
Twitter has been working on Spaces Recordings, a feature that will allow hosts to share tweets with audio recordings from older Spaces. Now when hosts share the recordings, they can see how many listeners have joined live, as well as how many people have replayed the recording after the fact.
A Twitter spokesperson said the long-teased feature would remain in closed testing for a bit longer, but that they had expanded the testing group a few times since its launch. Twitter intends to roll out this feature more widely in the future.
When a space is saved, users of the live space will see a “Rec” button with a red dot next to it. If a host shares the recording later, they can change the start time so future listeners don’t have to hear minutes of dead air if the space hasn’t started right away. When listening to a recorded space, users can see who is speaking and who was in the room, just like in a live space.
These features are useful for listeners because they are able to asynchronously engage with content they may miss from their preferred hosts. But for the hosts themselves, this replay feature makes it easier to build an audience. Clubhouse added a similar feature in November called Replay, which also allows users to upload audio so they can edit it and share it as a podcast if they choose. Since June, Twitter has allowed users To download their Spaces audio files from the last 30 days.
Spaces has become a staple of Twitter, even occupying the central tab of its mobile application. But the growth of live audio has not been without setbacks. Recently, Twitter Spaces users reported receiving clearly harmful content, including spaces with racist headlines that remained in their feeds even after being reported. Other live audio apps like Clubhouse have also struggled to moderate the hateful content. Twitter has not yet clarified whether or how its moderation of spaces will extend beyond its existing reporting features.
“We are exploring more proactive detection and are working on the evaluation and development of new moderation options” a Twitter spokesperson told TechCrunch. “Spaces is an iterative product and as more and more people use it we will continue to learn, listen carefully, and make improvements based on feedback.