Twitter Tests Spaces, an Audio-Based Voice Chatroom
Twitter has released more details on its experimental Spaces feature, which allows users to jump into audio-only chat rooms.
Compared to the Clubhouse app that launched earlier this year, Spaces lets you discuss your thoughts and opinions with followers using voice instead of text. The tests have just started with a “very small” feedback group, the company announced on Thursday, December 17th.
Of course, for a platform known to have problems with abuse and harassment, many people may choose to give Spaces a wide berth because they fear it will be full of angry people yelling at each other.
However, Twitter believes that the nature of Spaces might actually dispel some of the anger that pervades the platform and encourage people to become more respectful.
“The human voice can add a level of connectivity to Twitter through emotions, nuances and empathy that are often lost in text,” the company said in a series of tweets this week. “We see this with voice tweets and voice DMs. Sometimes 280 isn’t enough, and the voice gives people another way to join the conversation. “
With this feature, anyone can create an area that their followers and others can participate in. The person creating the room has full control over who can and cannot speak in the chat room. This should prevent a meeting from becoming too chaotic if there are many people around.
Twitter says it introduces itself, “The best spaces to feel like a well-hosted dinner party. You don’t have to know everyone to have a great time, but everyone feels comfortable at the table. We wanted Spaces to have that magical feeling too. “
During the test phase, Spaces will try out reactions that are similar to hand gestures, as well as live transcriptions to make conversations easier to follow.
Should a “dinner party” get out of control and get into an argument, the host can also block and report anyone in the virtual room. Sharing Tweets within Spaces may also be possible.
Adding Spaces would be a big change for Twitter, though it’s been going in that direction since it started testing voice tweets and direct messages earlier this year.
As always with such tests, there is no guarantee that Spaces will become an integral part of Twitter. However, if the trial runs smoothly and the feature looks promising, it is expected to be released next year.