Good news for Twitter Spaces announcers – today, Twitter has announce That all Spaces hosts can now record their conversations, on both iOS and Android devices.
The functionality provides additional value to your Spaces content, which can now be re-shared to spark more interest, while also facilitating broader re-target considerations.
As you can see in the above sequence, to record a Spaces chat, you first need to turn on the “Record Space” toggle in the setup process. Participants will be able to tell when the chat is being recorded using the red “Record” indicator at the top left of the Space’s main screen, with the host able to stop the recording at any time during the chat.
Once your registered space is complete, it will be available for public operation on Twitter for 30 days, while hosts will also be able to Download the audio of their venue, which they can then edit into a podcast or smaller podcasts to help promote upcoming shows and content.
The update marks the latest shift in audio social platforms, which had originally gained significant traction, at least in part, due to their temporary nature, with Clubhouse rising as an alternative to spontaneous, personal moments, which have been out of game cards due to the pandemic. Recording these chats changes the dynamic, but also adds more functionality to the option – although hosts also need to consider their own speakers when recording their sessions for reuse.
Despite fluctuating interest in the option, Twitter continues to emphasize Spaces as a key growth component, as it looks to new ways to build its audience, and increase user engagement in the app. The platform has ramped up its development speed, rolling out a bunch of new features in recent months, although it’s fair to say that Many of them did not live up to expectations, They haven’t met users in any major way yet.
It will be interesting to see if Twitter’s approach has changed under new CEO Parag Agrawal, who took over from Jack Dorsey back in November, and whether Spaces discovery can be improved or maximized in order to build the voice platform into a bigger consideration.
There is still a lot of potential in social and real-time voice interaction in the app, but there are challenges, and if Twitter can’t find a better way to moderate and highlight the best spaces to drive interest, it may end up going the way of livestreaming, which it doesn’t. It still has a place and purpose in the broader scope, but it remains a complementary and often hidden element.