Twitter Spaces continues testing podcast-like features

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Twitter is working on Space Recording, a feature that will let hosts share tweets along with audio recordings of previous Spaces. Now, when hosts share a recording, they’re able to see how many listeners joined live, as well as how many people replayed the recording after the fact.

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A Twitter spokesperson said the long-teased feature will be in closed testing for a while, but they have expanded the test group a few times since launch. Twitter intends to roll out this feature more widely in the future.

When a space is being recorded, users in the live space will see a “Rec” button with a red dot next to it. If a host later shares the recording, they can edit the start time so that future listeners don’t need to hear minutes of dead air if the space doesn’t start immediately. When listening to a recorded space, users can see who is talking and who was in the room, just like in a live space.

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These features are useful for listeners, as they are able to engage asynchronously with content they may have recalled from their favorite hosts. But for the hosts themselves, this replay feature makes building an audience easier. Clubhouse added a similar feature in November called Replay, which lets users download audio so they can edit it and share it as a podcast if they want. Since June, Twitter has allowed users download His Spaces audio files from the last 30 days.

Spaces has become a staple of Twitter, even taking over the center tab on its mobile app. But the development of the live audio feature hasn’t been without setbacks. Recently, Twitter Spaces users have reported being presented with obviously harmful material — including spaces with racist titles that remained on their feed even after they were reported. There’s also other live audio apps like Clubhouse struggled with moderating Hateful content. Twitter has not yet detailed whether the moderation of Spaces will extend beyond its existing reporting features.

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“We are exploring more active detection and working on evaluating and developing new moderation options,” A Twitter spokesperson told Nerdshala. ,Spaces is an iterative product and as more people use it, we will continue to learn, listen and improve based on feedback.”



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