Twitter’s Clubhouse-like feature, called Spaces, which was launched in December 2020 for selected users, has now been expanded to everyone with 600 followers or more.
Following a successful pilot, Twitter’s live audio feature is now accessible to more people on Android and iOS, the company announced on Monday.
Twitter Spaces will now include captions and labels to make the feature more accessible to users.
Twitter is also working on several new features for Spaces, including co-hosting, scheduling, block labels, warnings and ticketed Spaces.
Ticketed Spaces will allow the hosts to charge for access to their conversations. It is currently being tested with a small group of hosts who can set ticket prices and quantity.
Scheduling will also allow users to get notified when Space begins. Co-hosting will allow hosts to add more speakers to their Space and also choose up to two moderators to manage information about the participants.
Twitter is also working on more accessibility, including larger fonts and display for Spaces, to match the system settings. Emoji reaction via assistive technologies is also expected to ship in the future.
They’ll also be working on improving the accuracy and synchronisation of the captions with the audio. Captions will also get scrollback, pausing and customisation.
“People already come to Twitter to talk about what’s happening. You’ve always followed people for their Tweets, now Spaces lets you hear their voices and talk about what’s happening now and what’s most important to you – live,” Twitter announced.
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