In your school days or even in college times have you ever copied an answer from a student sitting next to you while appearing for a test? Personally, I cannot speak on anyone’s behalf here but I have done it. Yeah, it is embarrassing to admit but let’s just be honest for a while. We all have been in a situation where we have either literally copied things from others or in a more sophisticated manner get inspired by someone to do something similar. It could be your haircut or your dressing style; the list is seemingly never-ending. Similarly, when it comes to technology, it is not so different from us.
We had Facebook and then we had more like it, iPhones came with a feature, then we had others with similar features in it, and it sort of became a trend where the biggest gainer was the people. As they get to choose rather than be with one by default. And recently, Clubhouse sort of joined a similar wagon and attained notable success quite sooner and guess what? Twitter decided to follow suit with its version of the Clubhouse, i.e., Spaces. And in this article, we will find out how Twitter is achieving more success by creating a platform that is similar to the Clubhouse. But to learn anything about Twitter’s Space, we need to start with the Clubhouse itself.
What is a Clubhouse?
The clubhouse is a voice chatting app currently available to iPhone users only. However, unlike the common video chatting supporting apps we know of, Clubhouse is an exclusive social media platform. Here an individual can either host a conversation or join one. Once you open this app, you will encounter lots of room that you can join. Even you will have an option to create your room. Every single room will be dedicated to a unique topic that is hosted by an expert or pioneer in the field.
In Clubhouse, you will find no videos or pictures. Even the texts will be barely found. The platform is all things audio. Think of it like joining a live podcast session. Also, meetings cannot be saved here. Therefore, in case you think about leaving a meeting in between, think again as you won’t be able to playback the whole thing again. The app had gained some instant success after several celebrities including the tech maestro Elon Musk showed up in one of the meetings.
Why Twitter Created Spaces?
Twitter being a major player in the social media platforms, it was hard for it to watch every unravel and not have to do anything with it. First, they went ahead and created Fleet that was a sort of answer to Snapchat stories, and when they noticed the success coming the Clubhouse way they came up with a new feature known as the “Spaces.”
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What are Twitter “Spaces”?
Similar to the Clubhouse, Twitter “Spaces” is also a chat room but there is a huge catch to it. As you must have by now that Clubhouse is an exclusive platform, Spaces isn’t. Spaces are the public chat rooms where anyone can join or create a room. Also, the host gets to decide who has the speaking privileges in the room. At the time of this writing, this feature allows a maximum of 10 speakers to be involved in the ongoing conversations. However, there is no limit imposed on the possible number of listeners that can take part in a Spaces room. More importantly, the entire conversation gets completely transcribed that can be downloaded within 30 days.
When compared to Twitter Spaces, the Clubhouse undeniably is the most successful voice chatting social media platform. And while many people will be susceptible to hosting a public conversation on Twitter, it must be noted that Spaces is currently only in its beta stage. That means there is lots of room to grow for it in the coming months and this could even include revisiting some of its current features before the eventual public rollout. Also, the best part is that the Twitter Spaces will be available on both the iOS and the Android platforms after its beta testing program is complete.
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How to Create your Clubhouse by using Twitter Spaces?
Now, coming down to the most important part of this post is how to create your own Twitter Space. Since, there are two ways to be a part of Twitter Spaces, i.e., either by being a host or by being a user participant, I have separately explained both the options.
Starting your Own Twitter Spaces (Currently available to iOS users only)
To create your own Twitter Spaces and be the host you can follow the mentioned step one by one below:
- Step 1: Long Press “Compose” before tapping on the Spaces icon.
- Step 2: Alternatively, you can log in to your Twitter profile –> Tap Fleets -> then scroll down and select Spaces.
- Step 3: Here, you will have to select who gets the speaking privileges. There will be three options to select from and they are “Everyone,” “People you follow,” or “Only People you Invite to Speak.”
- Step 4: This step will be available only if you select the “Only People you Invite to Speak” option. Here, tap the people you want to invite. After this, all the selected people will receive an invite link through their Twitter DM (Direct Messenger).
- Step 5: Tap on “Start your Space” to begin the conversation after which you can allow Twitter to provide mic access.
Note: When the call is active, the hosts can select whether to share access to the Spaces transcript. The host can even add, block, remove and/or report user participants in the conversation.
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Joining Someone Else’s Twitter Spaces (Available to iOS users and members of the selected Android Beta Program)
For joining someone else’s Twitter Spaces you can simply these given steps below accordingly:
- Step 1: Open the Twitter profile of the person who is hosting the Twitter Spaces call/conversation.
- Step 2: In the Fleet section scroll through to find the Live Space.
- Step 3: Click here to join.
- Step 4: To be able to download the transcripts, you can share the links to Spaces while the host is live.
Note: The transcripts will only be available for the next 30 days after the meeting has ended and only inside this period you can download the transcripts.
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