Twitter announced last month that it will soon introduce an option to allow hosts to record their live audio conferences in Twitter Spaces for replay.Although the company said at the time that the feature would be launched “in a few months,” it is not surprising that the company began launching the first iteration of the feature from Thursday, considering the accelerated pace of Twitter’s development.
Initially, the Spaces recording option will be available to a limited number of Twitter Spaces hosts on iOS, as well as all listeners on iOS and Android worldwide. Twitter said that the first users to gain access will be those in the initial Spaces Beta. The company said it will roll out this feature to other Twitter listeners in a few weeks.
To use this feature, Spaces hosts will create their audio live room, give their Space a title, and choose up to three tags to describe the content of the room as usual. Then, before clicking the “Start a Space” button, they can switch to the new setting “Recording Space” to start their live audio session.
If you are in a Twitter Space that is recording, participants will see the “Record” button at the top of the space, with a red dot next to it, indicating that the recording is in progress. When the host is about to end the Space, they will click the “End” button at the top right as other methods, and then a pop-up box will appear, asking them to confirm whether they want to end the Space and stop recording.
Once it is over, Space’s recordings can be shared on Twitter, allowing listeners to replay them at any time or re-share them by themselves. It is reported that Twitter does not yet have an audio output option. Instead, users will have to request to download their data to directly access the recording.
Affected by the COVID-19 epidemic, live audio has become more and more popular because it provides users with things they can do when trapped at home. However, with the lifting of COVID restrictions and people starting to venture back outside, this attraction has somewhat diminished. For example, Clubhouse, a popular live audio application, had a drop in app installs earlier this year, but with the release of the Android system, app installs have jumped again. However, the app is also facing lagging participation in some emerging markets (such as India) and struggling in its creator program.
Recently, Clubhouse has expanded its feature set to provide options that allow asynchronous listening, including support for editing, replay, and audio output-these tools are pushing the app closer to becoming a podcast authoring platform, not just a live audio network . Other competitors in the Twitter space, including Facebook’s live audio room and newer startups such as Fireside and Callin, also support audio recording.
With so many live audio fields accepting recordings, Twitter has to catch up.
This release was made shortly after some other updates on Twitter Spaces, including the space test launched on Wednesday, which brought a dedicated Spaces tag for Android users, and an update that brought easier DM invitations. Twitter will now also display popular spaces in the “Explore/Trend” tab on iOS to increase their visibility.